What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism means using someone else’s work without giving him or her credit. You may not use words or ideas from books, magazines, newspapers, websites, plays, movies, or textbooks without giving the author proper credit.

Why shouldn’t I plagiarize?

If you plagiarize, you are cheating yourself.

Plagiarism is dishonest. You are stealing someone else’s work.

If you are caught plagiarizing, you will receive a failing grade or be asked to redo the assignment.

How can I avoid plagiarism?

Know what plagiarism is.  If you are not sure if you are plagiarizing or not, ask a teacher!

Use your own words when writing AND when taking notes.

Do not cut and paste from the Internet.

You must cite sources from the Internet!

Give credit for other people’s work.  If you use someone else’s exact words, you must put the words in quotation marks and cite the source.  If you paraphrase someone else, you need not use quotation marks, but you must still cite the source.

If you make minor changes to someone else’s words, you must cite the source.  For example, if someone writes, “In the library there are at least 10,000 books” you may not write, “There are no fewer than 10,000 books in the library” unless you cite the original source.

If you didn’t know something before, you must cite where you found the information.

How do I cite sources?

If you are using someone else’s exact words, put the words in “quotation marks.”

To create a bibliography or works cited page, go to