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You Might Be Plagiarizing If You Think...

  • The professor will never find out.
  • It’s just one passage - what's the harm?
  • I didn’t know how to cite materials properly, so I should get a pass this time.
  • I only needed to cite it in-text/I only need to cite it in my bibliography.
  • It's in my own words, I used a thesaurus to change a few.
  • I moved around the sentences enough in this paragraph so that it sounds different.
  • Ooo, my sister said I could use her paper/I found this paper free on the internet/I wrote on the same topic last year so I will just reuse that paper.

Plagiarism is not only copying directly the words or phrases of another author. It also includes using another author’s form-- the structure of their sentences, paragraphs, or wording. Changing keywords, switching sentences around, or changing tenses still constitutes plagiarism if not cited appropriately.

Ask yourself: Do my ideas or writing draw upon the intellectual ideas or writings of another person?

If the answer is "yes" or "partly," then you must acknowledge your use of their ideas by citing or documenting your sources.

Intentional vs. Unintentional

Intentional Unintentional
Intentional plagiarism is the theft of someone else’s ideas; it is usually easily identifiable and avoidable. Unintentional plagiarism is harder for students to identify, usually because it is accidental.
Examples: Examples:
     Buying a paper off the internet      Paraphrasing badly by just rearranging words or sentences 
     Copying and pasting articles without quoting and/or citing      Not using quotation marks correctly
     Having someone else write a paper for you      Leaving out information from in-text citations or bibliography

Both are still considered plagiarism and will result in consequences!

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