To avoid Plagiarism it is important to cite your sources, when you paraphrase, take direct quotes or use their ideas. Below are the instructions for citing sources using the library's MLA Citation Form Guide as well as the Learning Support Center's Citing Sources guide.
Click on the button for the style you are using to find a guide from the library.
Below are some guides and exercises to help you understand the concept to paraphrasing your source and how to paraphrase correctly without plagiarizing your source.
What is plagiarism?
• Using someone else's words, opinions or ideas without giving credit to the source;
• Using facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, or any other type of information that is not considered common knowledge without giving credit to the source.
• Paraphrasing someone else's words without giving credit to the source.
"Giving credit to the source" means naming, or citing, the source from which the borrowed material comes.
Plagiarizing 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.