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ALA 107: WISE RP Seminar

Library and professional resources for Women in Science and Engineering students: how to evaluate sources, including articles and online materials; information on plagiarism & academic integrity, APA style help, and career resources.

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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is "the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work."

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved February 03, 2009, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/plagiarism


It's obviously plagiarism when you buy a paper from a web site, written by someone else, and try to pass it off as your own. Not all plagiarism may be intentional.  For example,

  • If you copy and paste all or part of a sentence from an online source and don't attribute it to the person who wrote it you are plagiarizing.

  • If you use the same basic sentences from someone else's writing and simply substitute a word here and there to make it sound different you are plagiarizing.

  • If you summarize another writer's work and don't give that writer credit in your paper you are plagiarizing.

It doesn't matter whether you intended to plagiarize!  You are still plagiarizing and can be held accountable for that plagiarism.

 Try this quiz, created by Indiana University to test your knowledge of plagiarism.

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