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Types of Plagiarism

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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is an act of fraud, the unauthorized taking of someone’s work and lying about it.

It is claiming someone’s work as your own, using someone’s work without giving credit, and presenting ideas as original when derived from existing information.

Intellectual property or creations of the mind are protected by U.S. copyright laws.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

To keep from plagiarizing, cite your sources.

Providing citations tell readers and professors where the information came from and give credit to the individuals whose ideas, thoughts, experiences, and words appear in your work.

Provide a citation when you:

  • use a direct quote from a source
  • summarize or paraphrase a source
  • use facts and ideas that are not common knowledge

Common knowledge is information that is stated in many different sources or is so well-known that it doesn’t need to be cited (e.g. water is comprised of 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen).

When summarizing or paraphrasing, read the text and then without looking at it write what you just read in your own words.

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