Citing Sources . . .
. . . and avoiding plagiarism
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What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the act of
presenting the words, ideas,
images, sounds, or the creative
expression of others as your
Two Types of Plagiarism
Copying a friend's work Careless paraphrasing
Buying or borrowing papers Poor documentation
Cutting and pasting blocks
of text Quoting excessively
Media "borrowing" without Failure to use your own
I've got to Everyone I was too busy to
get into does it! write that paper!
University!! (Job, big game, too
My My parents
teachers expect "A"s!
Why plagiarism isn't a good idea
(as if it were necessary!)
The consequences are not worth the risks!
When you copy, you cheat yourself. You limit
your own learning.
Citing makes it possible for your readers to
locate your source.
Education is not an "us vs. them" game. It's
about learning to learn!
"0" on an assignment
Referral to administrators
Note on student record
Withdrawn from University or
College (no $ refunded)
Your doctor cheated his way through
med school. Would you feel
confident in his/her diagnosis?
Your doctor paid for a copy of the
MCAT exam. Do you feel confident in
Avoiding Plagiarism DVD
1. Organize time requirements and
use good note taking strategies
Plan due dates for completing
research to avoid last-minute
Take good notes to document
your sources as you do your
2. Use quotes, paraphrases and summaries
Quotes are the exact words of an author
placed within quotations marks.
Paraphrases combine others’ ideas with
Summarizing involves putting the main
idea(s) of one or several sources into
your own words, including only the
3. Correct documentation and citation
All source materials need to be
documented using correct
MLA and APA are commonly used
Always ask your
teacher/professor what format
Good Luck Citing!
Please refer to your
What is Plagiarism? handout or
visit the library for help.
Source: Writing Tutorial Services.
Indiana University. Bloomington. IN
Plagiarism: What it is and how to
recognize and avoid it.
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