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How and why to avoid plagiarism.

What is Plagiarism?

  • Turning in another person's work as your own. This includes a paper from free website.
  • Copying a paper, an excerpt, a paragraph, or a line from a source without citing it regrardless if it is from a print or digital resource.  Books, journals, maps, charts, pamphlets, websites and online databases are all included.
  • Using materials from a source and citing it, but then leaving out quotation marks.
  • Paraphrasing materials from a source without giving credit to the to that source.
  • Buying an essay or research paper and turning it in as your own creation. 
  • Reusing a paper from a previous class or assignment as if it is new and original. 
  • Creating fake citations for real or fabricated information is also a form of Plagiarism.

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How to avoid plagiarism

The University of Tulsa's Academic Policies Statement

Academic Policy Statement

In keeping with the intellectual ideals, standards for community, and educational mission of the University, students are expected to adhere to all academic policies. Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty violate both individual honor and the life of the community and may subject students to penalties ranging from failing grades to dismissal. Academic misconduct also includes the unauthorized or inappropriate use of University computers, vandalism of data files or equipment, use of computer resources for personal reasons unrelated to the academic and research activities of the University, plagiarism, violation of proprietary agreements, theft, or tampering with the programs and data of other users.

Avoid plagiarism by citing sources

We cite our sources to give credit to the person or people that created the information or came up with the original idea. 

What does citation have to do with plagiarism? by Jonathan Bailey

As a scholar, it is important that you read a variety of materials when doing your research. By doing this, you start to form your own opinions and begin to ask questions. The questions that you start asking will lead you to more information and to your own original ideas about the work. 

Know what citation style you need for your assignments. MLA and APA are two of the most used citation formats, but your professor will let you know which format they prefer. 

Another fun and informative video from TED Ed can be found here: The punishable perils of plagiarism by Melissa Huseman D'Annunzio

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