Plagiarism: What is Plagiarism?

Tutorial, detection, guide, prevention


Plagiarism is using someone else's work and passing it off as one's own. The term comes from the Latin word plagiarius, which means kidnapper.

Menager-Beeley, R., & Paulos, L. (2006). Understanding plagiarism: A student guide to writing your own work. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

What Isn't Plagiarism?

Here are some examples of text that doesn't need to be cited in your research papers.

  • Your opinion
  • Common knowledge
  • Accepted factual information
  • Things you personally observe and record
  • Personal experiences

The Basics

1. When borrowing an author's wording for your own paper use quotation marks and include a complete citation (author name, date of publication, page reference) that can easily lead the reader directly to the source.

2. Electronic sources must also be acknowledged.

3. When borrowing another author's views, ideas or opinions for your own paper be sure to give credit to the original thinker.

4. Paraphrasing another's ideas without clearly citing the source also counts as plagiarism. Give a complete citation that can easily lead the reader directly to the source.

5. Work used previously in another class cannot be re-used (self-plagiarism) without permission from the instructor.

Allison Leaming, University of Arizona, 2007.

Plagiarism-Don't Do It

Images? Recordings?

Anything that is viewable or hearable format must be credited to the source and in many cases permission must be secured to use these images, photos, artwork, recording, etc.

Test Your Knowledge

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