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Many people think that plagiarism is simply "copying" or "borrowing" someone else's work. However, it's a little more complex than that. Click the link below to learn more about what plagiarism really is. 

 

Citation Resources

Know How to Paraphrase

 

Visit the following link and do exercises 1 and 3. You will copy and paste your answers into the quiz. 

 

Citing sources will help you avoid plagiarism. This video goes over citation basics. For help with citing websites, please visit How to Cite a Website in MLA. 

 

This video by York St. John University covers the basics of plagiarism and how to avoid it. Plus, they have British accents which makes everything sound awesome. 

 

1. Plagiarizing means copying someone's written work and passing it off as

     your own.

2. There are no consequences for plagiarism.

3. Plagiarism is always on purpose. 

 

You don't always have to copy the whole thing for it to be plagiarism. Even just copying a sentence is considered plagiarism. According to U.S. law, stealing someone's intellectual property (or IP) is illegal and is a serious offense. Serious consequences exist for stealing someone's intellectual property, including expulsion or jail time depending on how serious the offense it. Finally, plagiarism sometimes happens accidentally. You may think that you changed the content enough to put the information into your own words, but really didn't. This is why it is important to go over your own work and practice paraphrasing strategies. 

 

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