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ESL Undergraduate Student Guide

A guide to support international students in ESL 112 and 115 and beyond.

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of another as if they were your own. It can be an intentional or unintentional act, but either way there can be severe consequences. The information below will help you understand and avoid plagiarism.

If you have additional questions about plagiarism, contact your class instructor, the Writers Workshop or Ask a Librarian.

Do You Know When You Are Plagiarizing?

The following are all examples of plagiarism:

  • Copying the words of others, whether from a source or another student.
  • Putting your name on a paper written by someone else.
  • Purchasing or downloading a paper from the Internet and turning it in.
  • Paraphrasing (rewriting in your own words) a source and not documenting it.
  • Not using quotation marks properly when using material from another source.

How can you avoid plagiarism?

  • Make sure you have the complete citations for all of your sources.
  • You must include both the URL and date you visited the site for Internet resources cited.
  • Keep careful records of your research. Note where in your paper you use a particular resource.

More specific guidelines and information to help you recognize and avoid plagiarism are available on the following pages:

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism: VIDEO

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Plagiarism Facts: INFOGRAPH