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Copyright, Fair Use and Plagiarism: Plagiarism

Resources explaining and giving samples of intellectual property issues, including the TEACH ACT

Plagiarism - Yikes!


"taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own"

Tips for avoiding plagiarism

  1. Keep Track of Your Sources.
  2. Take Good Notes.
  3. Talk to Your Instructor.
  4. Talk to the Success Center.
  5. Prepare a Schedule for Completing Tasks (And Use It!)

Examples of Plagiarism

It is important that you cite your source of information, even if only using a brief portion.

The following are all considered examples of plagiarism:

  1. Copying from a website.
  2. Copying from a newspaper, magazine or journal article.
  3. Copying from a book.
  4. Copying from someone else's work such as a classmate.
  5. Copying or pasting text or images from any source.
  6. Paraphrasing without attribution.
  7. Not using quotation marks from a direct quote.
  8. Turning in a document that you did not prepare.

TurnItIn- Plagiarism Detection


TurnItIn is a Plagiarism Detection Tool

TurnItIn can only be used if your instructor has enabled it: 

With the transition to Canvas, students will be able to use TurnItIn as the plagiarism checking tool. 

Students should contact their instructor directly to request that they set up a TurnItIn draft assignment in their course to submit and view a similarity report for a draft of a writing assignment.

Another option is to set up an appointment with the Student Success Center or use the SmartThinking tutoring service, for APA and citation help on essays.

Learn more about TurnItIn


Quoting, Summarizing, Paraphrasing