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Understanding Plagiarism

How to Avoid Plagiarism

No one wants to have an awkward conversation about plagiarism and here are some ways to help prevent it:

  • Provide a proper citation for anything that is not common knowledge. When in doubt, use a citation.
  • Do not resubmit work you have done previously.
  • Do not have another person do the work for you.
  • Do not copy and paste another person's work and pass it off as your own. Anytime you are directly quoting a person, you must provide a direct quotation or paraphrase, with a proper citation. 

Photo Reference: Butler University | Citation Guides - LibGuides | What do I need to cite?

Mastering Paraphrasing


Paraphrasing is an important tool to master in order write efficiently, while avoiding plagiarism. Paraphrasing is when you write another person's thoughts/ideas in your own words and provide a proper citation.


Photo Reference: New Literacies Alliance. (2020, Dec. 3). Citations: using the ideas of others in your own work. Shared under CC BY-NC-SA.