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Writing: Plagiarism

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What is plagiarism?

"The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own" (Oxford Dictionary of English)

This includes using your classmates' words and ideas without crediting them!

You can avoid plagiarism by:

  • taking effective notes
  • paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting appropriately
  • understanding what is common knowledge
  • recording citation information for your sources
  • citing your sources correctly

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