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What is Plagiarism?

"The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft."

Plagiarism Video

Examples of Plagiarism

If you do not cite the source, whether it's just a few words or whole paragraphs--the following all constitute plagiarism:

  • Copying from a website, such as Wikipedia.

  • Copying from an article in a magazine, journal, or newspaper.

  • Copying from a book.

  • Copying someone else's work.

  • Any form of "copying & pasting" without citing.

  • Rewording (paraphrasing) a source, or someone else's work, without citing it.

  • Failing to place quotation marks around a direct quote.

  • Fabricating citations or providing incorrect references.

  • Buying an essay online and turning it in as your own.

  • Using a previously written essay from one class in another class.

  • Using a photo, image, or artwork without attributing the source.

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Thank you so much to Bekky Vrabel, Instruction & Reference Librarian at UW-Green Bay for allowing re-use and slight revisions of her Plagiarism LibGuide.

Revisions for RCTC by Diane Pollock

Reference Librarian

Goddard Library

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