1b. Develop Questions & Keywords1d. Find Background Information1e. Refine a Topic
2a. Find Books2b. Find Articles2c. Find Full Text2d. Find Reserves2e. Find Images2f. Find Films2g. Find Websites2h. Search Strategies
3a. Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Paraphrasing4b. Notetaking
5a. Plagiarism5b. MLA Citation Style5c. Works Cited Examples5d. Copyright
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5a. Plagiarism Print Page


Even if you paraphrase or put something into your own words, you still need to cite the original source.


Plagiarism @ DU

According to our Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy, Plagiarism is a particular kind of academic misconduct in which one person takes another person’s ideas, words, or images, and falsely presents them as his or her own product. If a student submits any work that is not entirely his or her own, the student is plagiarizing.

Plagiarism may take many forms: cheating, copying information directly without providing quotation marks, failing to cite sources, or citing sources incorrectly. It does not matter whether you intended to plagiarize or whether the plagiarism occurred unintentionally; it still constitutes academic dishonesty. Ignorance of the rules of correct citation is not an acceptable excuse for plagiarism.

Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty can subject a student to both academic discipline and disciplinary action under the university Student Conduct Review Process, and may result in suspension or dismissal from Drury University.


Plagiarism: Don't Do It

Posted with permission from Washburn University.


Avoid Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarizing someone else words or ideas, make sure you:

  • Paraphrase the original text into your own words. Be sure you are not just rearranging phrases or replacing a couple of words.
  • Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
  • Cite every source of information you use to write your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research. This includes facts, figures, and statistics as well as opinions and arguments.

Real World Examples

Think plagiarism is just an issue for college students writing research papers. Think again!  Check out these real world examples of celebrities being accused of plagiarizing.

Plagiarism Tutorials

  • Plagiarism Court: You Be the Judge
    Created by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University, this tutorial will explain what plagiarism is, and will briefly discuss its legal and ethical consequences. Most importantly, it will suggest notetaking, documentation, and writing strategies to help you avoid accidental plagiarism.
  • You Quote It, You Note It
    Created by the Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University, this tutorial suggests that researching ethically is also researching efficiently. You will not only learn how to avoid plagiarism, but you’ll also pick up some good research tips too.

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