What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism means using someone else's work without giving them credit.
How do I know when to give credit?
In your writing, you must give credit whenever you use information that you found in a source, unless it is common knowledge (see below). Always give your source for:
What is common knowledge?
Common knowledge is information that is widely available. If you saw the same fact repeated in most of your sources, and if your reader is likely to already know this fact, it is probably common knowledge. For example, the fact that Barack Obama was elected president of the United States in 2008 is common knowledge.
How do I avoid plagiarism?
It is easy to avoid plagiarism if you always cite the sources you use. Citing sources not only gives the appropriate credit to the original creator of the work but it also allows those reading your work to refer back to the sources you consulted.
The format of your citations, as well as the precise information that needs to be included in each citation, is governed by specific rules outlined in style manuals. Consult the Citation Styles LibGuide (coming soon) to find out more.
Additional Resources include:
Avoiding Plagiarism - Purdue Owl
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