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Writing & Citing: Plagiarism 101

How to cite info sources in various citation styles (ex. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

Plagiarism 101

What is Plagiarism?

Source: “Plagiarize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

Academic Integrity Policy

Helpful Plagiarism Resources

Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

Anything that is NOT common knowledge (ex. the U.S. was founded in 1776) or your own thoughts/observations MUST be cited. Citing your sources gives credit to the creator and helps your instructor check your research.

Be sure to:

  • Cite your sources whether you use a direct quote (three or more consecutive words from a source) or paraphrase (put it in your own words)
  • Don't forget to cite sources from statistics, charts, images, etc.
  • Choose the appropriate citation style - ask your instructor first and then check the Citation Styles page
  • Take advantage of databases and citation builders that format citations for you (learn more on the Pre-formatted Citations page)

Avoid the following:

  • Paying for a pre-written paper
  • Having someone else write a paper for you with or without payment
  • Turning in a paper that you have not written yourself
  • Quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from any source without adequate documentation


Understanding Plagiarism

A YouTube Playlist of Helpful Videos on Understanding & Avoid Plagiarism