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BIOL 182 - General Biology II

What is Plagiarism?

Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism

Checklist for Avoiding Plagiarism:

Are you using:

 Your own independent material
 Common knowledge
 Someone else's own independent material

You must acknowledge someone else's material.


 Do all quotations exactly match their sources? Check!
 Have you inserted quotation marks around quotations that are run into your text?
 Have you shown omissions with ellipsis marks and additions with brackets?
 Does every quotation have a source citation?

Paraphrases and Summaries:

 Have you used your own words and sentence structures for every paraphrase and summary? If not, use quotation 
 marks around the original author’s words.

 Does every paraphrase and summary have a source citation?

The Web:

 Have you obtained any necessary permission to use someone else’s material on your Web site?

Source Citations:

 Have you acknowledged every use of someone else’s material in the
 place where you use it?
 Does your list of works cited include all the sources you have used?

Checklist Reference: Fowler, Ramsey H. and Jane I. Aaron. The Little, Brown Handbook. 12th Edition. New York:
Pearson Education, Inc., 2004.