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Information Literacy Tutorial: #6

Don't Plagiarize


Before coming to college you may not have heard of plagiarism. Basically plagiarism is when you use or quote the ideas, sentences, or whole paragraphs or even just the thoughts of someone else without giving citing the source. Citing the source just means formally giving them credit.

Plagiarism is a very big no-no at any university and punishment for plagiarizing can be severe. So what's the big deal? Read USM Academic Integrity Policy.

Do you understand now? Don't plagiarize.

USM faculty members have software that can and will identify plagiarism, so you run a significant risk of getting caught.

This tutorial will help you understand it a bit more. Please take the quiz at the end and see how many guacamolies you can earn.

Plagiarism Tutorial (Rutgers University)

Now, click on the Post-Test tab at the top and find out if you have learned the material!




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Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But there is more to it...

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

  1. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  2. to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  3. to commit literary theft
  4. to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism = fraud. It is stealing someone else's work and lying about it.

Don't even thing about it.