What it is and how to avoid it.
What is Plagiarism?
• Plagiarism is using someone else’s words,
ideas or images as your own.
• Plagiarism is dishonest, unethical, and illegal!
• Read Student Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism.
Intentional vs. Unintentional Plagiarism
• Using minimal or careless • Copying a friend’s work
paraphrasing • Buying or borrowing papers
• Failing to document or • Cutting and pasting text
“cite” properly from sources without giving
• Quoting excessively
• “Borrowing” media without
• Failing to use your own giving credit
“voice” to present • Publishing on the web
information or ideas without the permission of
the original creators
• ZERO credit for work
• Parents will be notified
• Referral to administration
• Note on permanent student record
• Suspension or expulsion from school activities
including sports, clubs, field trips, extra-curriculars,
• Could mean expulsion, depending on school
How to Avoid Plagiarism
1. DON’T copy word for word, or by copying and
2. DON’T print directly (and turn in as your own
3. DON’T copy from other students.
4. DO take notes!
5. DO paraphrase!
Quoting Directly is Acceptable!
1. Always put quotation marks around any
words that you take directly from a source.
2. Always give credit to the source!
a) In a bibliography
b) Or webography— (usually only online sources)
1. Reading a passage, learning what it means,
and retelling it in your own “voice” or words
2. Always give credit to the source.
Use Common Knowledge
1. Info that is known to many people (George
Washington was the first president. McCain
and Obama ran for president in the 2008
2. You do NOT need to cite Common
Why Cite Online Sources?
1. Find source again to check information
2. Acknowledge your sources for ethical reasons
Remember: If you could find
it, so can your teacher!
Citing Online Sources – Web Pages
1. Author’s last name, first name (if available)
2. *Web page title—in quotes
3. *Date Retrieved: Day, Month, Year
4. Main Page Title (If Available)
5. *URL: Web Site Address
6. Date Published or Revised: Day, Month, Year (if available)
It is OK to not memorize this list, but you need to be familiar
with it and know how to find it so you can refer to it when
Citing Online Sources – Images
1. *Description of title of image
2. *Label [Online Image]
3. *Available at: URL (copy and paste from
Images include any type of graphic, picture,
map, or photo!
An easy way to cite sources accurately!
1. Visit the Citation Machine site.
2. Use MLA format (used in most middle
schools and high schools).
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