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Plagiarism and how to avoid it
What is Plagiarism?
Definition in Oxford English Dictionary: "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft."*
*"plagiarism, n." OED Online, Oxford University Press, March 2019, www.oed.com/view/Entry/144939. Accessed 8 May 2019.
Plagiarism can be done Intentionally or UNINTENTIONALLY but...
- I didn’t know that a web site had to be cited!
- I didn’t know that I had to cite what TV show I saw that on
- I thought I only had to cite it if I used their exact words – not if I reword it!
You are responsible for knowing what plagiarism is and avoiding it!!
Give credit to original author(s) for: - Direct quotations - Paraphrasing (rewording someone else’s words) - Other people’s ideas, opinions, theories - Using facts that are NOT common knowledge
What does your professor want?
Your professors want to know that you read the important works on your topic
Your professors are more impressed with the quality of your citations than ‘your ideas’ with no backing!
QUOTE – paraphrase – GIVE CREDIT!!!
How to avoid plagiarism
Do research (read article, web site, book) Copy citation information and the quote Use , or to save citations Send citation info to yourself by email Copy the information and file it!
BE responsible! BE organized!
Save time and effort!
How doesn’t matter – just do it!!