Plagiarism A.K.A. What NOT To Do in Academic Work. What is Plagiarism?. Plagiarism is the act of using another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without giving credit to the source. In other words, plagiarism is copying information and not giving the author credit for it.
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1. Reread the original passage until you understand it. Mark important parts.
2. Turn the original over, and write your version on a separate paper WITHOUT looking at the original.
3. Check your version with the original to make sure that your version correctly expresses the information in a new way.
4. Use quotation marks to identify any phrases you have borrowed exactly from the source.
5. Record the source (including the page) on your paper so that you can credit it.
Example: “The fact that Americans are getting heavier is hard to deny the day after Thanksgiving. But holiday binges have little to do with obesity. America’s weight problem is directly related to everyday choices that people make and the circumstances they live in,” stated Dr. Benjamin Reed (4).
Example: Dr. Benjamin Reed from the New York Times explained in a recent article that people’s choices of food has more to do with America’s obesity problem than simply overeating around the holidays (4).
Example: In a New York Times article, Dr. Benjamin Reed described how choices influence America’s problem with obesity more than overeating (4).