By: Melissa Daniel, FLC English Department
What is plagiarism?
- Presenting someone else’s words or ideas as if they were your own.
- Copying someone’s words and presenting them as your own.
- Taking someone’s words and changing a few of them here and there.
- Using someone’s work as your own.
- Restating a text or passage in another form without giving credit to the author.
- Copying information from a book, the Internet, or another source without giving credit to the author.
How do I avoid plagiarism?
- The first step to avoiding plagiarism is to cite the source(s) of your information.
- The second step to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure that your writing is very different from the original source.
- The third step to avoiding plagiarism is to put quotation marks around any phrases that are copied directly from the original source.
Avoiding plagiarism is about giving credit where credit is due!
You should always use citations to acknowledge sources of information that are not your own thoughts. A citation should include the following:
- Name of the person who created the work
- Title of the work
- Date of publication
- Name and location of the publisher
- Volume number, page number, edition, etc. are needed for direct quotes.