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Plagiarism Topic Guide: Plagiarism

Lots of info about what plagiarism is, how to identify it, and most importantly how to AVOID it

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Plagiarism: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; use (another's production) without crediting the source.  (Merriam Webster)


Georgia Highlands College has an official policy regarding student plagiarism; you are responsible for adhering to these policies.  This guide has been designed to help you navigate the tricky waters of plagiarism and learn how to avoid it!

Avoid Accidental Plagiarism (Improper Citing)

[Editage]. (2013, Mar 22). Editage - Tips to avoid Accidental Plagiarism. [Video file]. Retrieved from




comic: student and teacher "How can I get an F?  I copied it all off the internet?"



What is Plagiarism

Types of Plagiarism Recognize plagiarism and learn how to fix it! Copy & Pasting Copying info word for word from a source. Fix it: Add quotation marks and citations! Paraphrasing Using someone’s original ideas and rephrasing it. Also includes taking bits of several works and combining them. Fix it! Add citations! Self-Plagiarism Reusing your work from another course. Fix it! Ask your instructor for permission. Improper Citing: Usually accidental. Includes failure to add citations or to cite your sources properly. Fix it! Proofread your citations carefully! Reusing Purchasing an essay or passing another student’s work as your own. Fix it! Never acceptable.

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