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A guide on plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it when researching or writing.
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Avoiding Plagiarism
Call Number: AV 001.4 Avo

The Merriam-Webster Concise Handbook for Writers - Merriam-Webster, Inc. Staff
Call Number: 428.2 Mer
ISBN: 0877796025

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Little, Brown Handbook - H. Ramsey Fowler; Jane E. Aaron
Call Number: REF 808.042 Fow
ISBN: 9780205651719

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A Pocket Style Manual 2009 - Diana Hacker
Call Number: REF 808 Hac
ISBN: 9780312593247

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff
Call Number: REF 808 MLA
ISBN: 9781603290241

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Doing Honest Work in College - Charles Lipson
Call Number: 025.234 Lip
ISBN: 0226484726


Plagiarism is...

Plagiarism is stealing. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to plagiarize is to steal and pass off the words or thoughts of another as your own. 

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • directly copying words or thoughts (without giving credit to the original creator).
  • rewording a sentence that you find in a book or article.
  • failing to include a bibliography, references or footnotes. 

Plagiarism is a confusing but serious offense in school, college and at work.  If you plagiarize, you may automatically fail the assignment, be expelled or not be allowed to graduate. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to explain where you found the information you are using. This means having a bibliography (or 'Works Cited' page), and footnotes or references. 


How to tell if you are plagiarizing?


Plagiarism: Don't Do It

By: wuedtech


Plagiarism: How to Avoid It

By BainbridgeCollege


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