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When do we cite?
- Alive or dead, it does not matter. If it is not your own idea, you must cite your source!
- If it is available on the Internet it still needs credit
- You may even have to cite yourself. If you created a work for previous paper or presentation, and you are using it again, you must cite your previous work
What about Paraphrasing?
- Paraphrasing requires citation
- Paraphrasing is more than simply rewording the original material, it must be almost entirely in your own words
- Any exact words that are retained should have quotation marks around them
- The sentence structure should be yours, not the same as in the source
- Do not add ideas, interpretations, explanations, or assessments
Coordinator of Reference Services
What is Plagiarism?
According to PlAGIARISM.ORG
all of the following are considered plagiarism:
- Presenting someone else's work as your own
- Copying words or ideas from someone else's work without giving credit
- Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
When do we cite?
- When you use words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, Web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium
- When you got the information through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing
- When you copy the exact words or a unique phrase
- When you reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials
- When you reuse or repost any electronically-available media, including images, audio, video, or other media
Why Plagiarism MUST be avoided?
- Plagiarism is theft of intellectual property
- Plagiarism involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward
- Plagiarism may result in receiving an ‘F’ or zero for the assignment
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