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LSCM 3200 - Montgomery - Spring 2021: Plagiarism

What constitutes plagiarism and how to know if you're guilty!

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

  1. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own.
  2. to use (another's production) without crediting the source.
  3. to commit literary theft.
  4. to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

IMPORTANT - Plagiarism can be unintentional through citation errors or omissions or intentional through copying the work of others and presenting it as your own.

Examples of plagiarism:

  • Reusing passages and ideas from your own previously submitted work.
  • Directly copying a passage of text without citation.
  • Combining text and ideas from different places without citing all the sources.

A Word About Plagiarism

Academic institutions have strict regulations regarding plagiarism.  Taking credit for work that is not your own is a serious matter and can result in severe consequences.  Below is the link to the GHC statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.  If you are unsure about something concerning plagiarism, ask your instructor or librarian for clarification.

Preventing Plagiarism


Consult Your Instructor

Plan Your Paper

Take Effective Notes


When in Doubt, Cite Sources

Make it Clear Who Said What

Know How to Paraphrase

Analyze and Evaluate Resources


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