Recognizing Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when you do one or more of the following things:

Avoiding Plagiarism

You can learn to avoid plagiarizing by practicing the following habits:

  1. Place quotation marks around all wording that is taken from a source;
  2. When you choose not to quote the source word-for-word, use proper paraphrasing guidelines, which you can review at the following link:;
  3. Cite all sources in text, directly before and/or after the quoted, paraphrased, or summarized material. It should be immediately apparent to your reader when you are sharing another person’s ideas or words.