Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of someone else as though they were your own. Plagiarism includes using any original audiovisual files - images, videos, music, etc. without giving credit to the creator.
Carefully citing your sources:
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Consider using tools to help organize your research and keep your information in one place. Try keeping track of what you're quoting or paraphrasing in a “research journal.” Some great suggestions for free, online options at:
Use these guidelines:
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Read the entire text, underlining key points and main ideas.
In your own words, write a sentence about the main idea of the text (i.e. summarize). Also, write key points in the text.
Highlight any words, phrases, or key passages that you would want to quote directly.
Combine the above into a new paraphrased paragraph, using your own words.
There are many ways you can misappropriate or steal ideas, both intentional and unintentional. It is your responsibility to learn how to use and cite your sources.
If you plagiarize, even accidentally, you may fail your assignment, class or you could even be expelled. If you don't know if you are plagiarizing, ask your professor, go to the Writing Center or ask a librarian.
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According to MIT's Academic Integrity Handbook (linked below), common knowledge "refers to information that the average, educated reader would accept as reliable without having to look it up." Common knowledge includes:
However, what may be common knowledge in one culture, nation, academic discipline or peer group may not be common knowledge in another. (1)
If you aren't sure if something is common knowledge, cite it!
(1) "Common Knowledge." Academic Integrity at MIT. https://integrity.mit.edu/handbook/citing-your-sources/what-common-knowledge
Accidental Plagiarism - Don't Let it Happen to You
Univ. of Arizona - Interactive, self-paced tutorial designed to teach you how to avoid accidental plagiarism by understanding how it can occur and how to avoid it through correct use of paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting of resources. A brief, instantly assessed quiz is included.
What is Plagiarism?
From Rutgers University (NJ), this is an informative yet humorous introduction to plagiarism including tips to improve your writing in an effort to avoid plagiarism. The tutorial consists of two flash movies and a quiz to test your understanding of the content.