An extremely important part of the research process is evaluating your sources. With each source, you want to answer questions such as:
For help with evaluating all types of sources, check out the tutorials below and watch the short video.
What is plagiarism?
• When you use someone else's words, opinions or ideas without giving credit to the source;
• When you use facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, or any other
type of information that is not considered common knowledge without giving credit to the source.
• When you paraphrase someone else's words without giving credit to the source.
Plagiarizing someone else is a violation of academic integrity. It can lead to very serious consequences, ranging from failing an assignment to failing a class and/or other disciplinary measures. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your source. When in doubt, ask your instructor or a librarian.
Below are tutorials you may find useful to help you understand more about what constitutes plagiarism and how you can avoid it.