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Jean Longo


Plagiarism - Using other people's ideas or words without giving them credit.

  • Plagiarism is cheating and is a form of academic dishonesty
  • You need to give fair credit to others
  • It shows the reader that you consulted "experts" in the field
  • It gives your writing more credibility
  • Done intentionally or inadvertently it is considered a grave ethical offense and can have serious consequences for a person's education, career, reputation and credibility

Video by SNL

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Start your research early

Keep track of ALL your sources

Add citations as you write, not last-minute

…this is my very interesting paper, “and now I use a quote” (Bradshaw, 2011, p. 240).