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BMHS Library Citation Guide: What is Plagiarism

Plagiarism according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary means , "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own use (another's production) without crediting the source." It is a very serious academic offense.  Whether a student does this intentionally, like copying another person's research paper or unintentionally, failing to cite properly, it can result in failing the assignment or other more severely disciplinary actions.  The bottom line is don't plagiarize!  Below are some tips for avoiding plagiarism and practicing academic integrity.

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What are some ways to avoid plagiarism?

Tips for avoiding Plagiarism

1. Always properly cite your sources within your research paper and at the end by including a Bibliography or Works Cited page.

2. Always paraphrase information, this means read it and then write down the information using your own words.

3. Always use quotation marks when quoting  from sources or a person exactly.  Refer to your citation guide for more advice.

4. Always if in doubt, cite it anyway.  If unsure something is common knowledge assume it's not and properly cite or paraphrase the information.

5. Always, take notes about your sources.  

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