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Women's Studies 220 / Nursing 220: Women's Health

What is plagiarism?

  • Plagiarism is using the words, ideas, or expressive works of another person as if they were your own without proper attribution.
  • It does not have to be intentional.
  • Copying the words of another person and presenting them as your own even if you provide a citation can still be plagiarism.

Can you plagiarize yourself? Copying or reusing material from previously written papers you submitted in another class and turning it in as if it were new work is also a form of academic misconduct.

Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Keep track of your citations as you take notes on a source. Know where you got all the ideas in your paper, and make sure you have a complete citation—including page numbers!
  • Take notes on sources in your own words. Never copy and paste. Instead, rephrase the author's words, AND include a complete citation in your notes.
  • Don't wait until your paper is finished to insert citations. Do it throughout your writing process.
  • Don't forget to provide citations for images, graphs, or other visual material. Plagiarism isn't limited to text!

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