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Theater Subject Guide: Citations & Plagarism

The Theater Appreciation Guide was created for students in THEA 1100.

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.

Plagiarism is using any work that is not authored by you without giving proper credit. Plagiarism is also claiming that another person's ideas, or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) are your own.  You must always cite any information obtained from any source!

You are guilty of plagiarism if you...

  • turn in someone else's work and claim it is your own.
  • copy words or ideas from someone else without giving credit.
  • fail to put a quotation in quotation marks.
  • give incorrect information about the source of a quotation.
  • change words but copy the sentence structure of a source without giving credit.
  • copy so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.

Consequences of plagiarism

There are serious consequences that you may face if you are found to have commited the act of plagiarism.  See the Academic Integrity Policy for more information.

If you still need help, see your instructor for more information!

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