What is Plagiarism?
How Can You Avoid Plagiarism?
Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional. Intentional
involves deliberate copying or use of another’s words or ideas.
Unintentional plagiarism usually results from ignorance of the rules
for citing sources or from sloppy research and note-taking. Even if
is unintentional, it is still a violation of university policy. The
guidelines, adapted from similar guidelines at UC Davis, may help you
For a more complete discussion, visit the UC
Davis web site.
Use your own words as often as possible.
When you do use another person’s words, use quotation marks and give
to thesource, either within the text or in a footnote.
Don’t make slight variations in the language and then fail to give
to the source. If the expression is essentially the same, the original
source still deserves credit.
Document any information and ideas that are not your own original
even if you aren’t directly quoting the material.
If you are unsure, add the footnote or citation. It is better to
risk being overly cautious rather than risk not giving credit when you