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Preventing Plagiarism: Academic Honesty

The goal of this guide is to help you understand plagiarism, suggest steps to avoid it, and shows the importance of giving credit by citing sources when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from sources used.

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Plagiarism Defined

Plagiarism is defined as using another’s ideas, words or knowledge in any format (print, online, media, etc.) and passing them on as your own.

Whether it is done intentionally or inadvertently, it is still considered plagiarism.

Plagiarism infringes on a person’s right to intellectual property; it is a form of stealing—committing academic dishonesty and infringes on copyright law.

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