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Child, Youth, and Family Studies Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree Program: Avoiding Plagiarism


Below is a collection of the resources you will need to ensure your research is properly incorporated into your work.  Please don't hesitate to contact the me or Chat with a Librarian if you need additional help evaluating and citing your sources.  In addition, the Edmonds College Writing Center provides drop-in and online assistance to help you with these processes.

Avoiding plagiarism

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.


Paraphrasing without plagiarizing

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.