Michael S. Cettei Memorial Library

Preventing Plagiarism

 

What is Plagiarism?

  • Taking credit for someone else's work.
  • Copying an author's work from a book or journal article without referencing.
  • Cutting and pasting information from a Web site (such as wikipedia) into a word document without referencing.
  • Taking someone's quote without crediting that person.

Examples of plagiarism

  • The most ancient Greek mathematical work which has reached us complete is Euclid's Elements.
  • Americans are increasingly concerned that the housing troubles might undermine the overall economy.
  • Claudius took several steps to legitimize his rule against potential usurpers, most of them emphasizing his place within the Julio-Claudian family.
  • Her parents, Regina Cline O'Connor and Edward Francis O'Connor both came from Irish-Catholic families long established in Georgia.

(*Note the sentences above are copied without proper citation.) 

Non-plagiarized work (with MLA citation)

  • The most ancient Greek mathematical work which has reached us complete is Euclid's Elements (Carruccio 20).
  • Americans are increasingly concerned that the housing troubles might undermine the overall economy (Walsh 16.)
  • Claudius took several steps to legitimize his rule against potential usurpers, most of them emphasizing his place within the Julio-Claudian family ("Claudius," Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia).
  • Her parents, Regina Cline O'Connor and Edward Francis O'Connor both came from Irish-Catholic families long established in Georgia (Kirk 8).

(*Note the sentences above are copied with proper MLA citation.)

Non-plagiarized work (with APA citation)

  • The most ancient Greek mathematical work which has reached us complete is Euclid's Elements (Carruccio, 2006, p. 20).
  • Americans are increasingly concerned that the housing troubles might undermine the overall economy (Walsh, 2008, p. 16).
  • Claudius took several steps to legitimize his rule against potential usurpers, most of them emphasizing his place within the Julio-Claudian family ("Claudius", 2010).
  • Her parents, Regina Cline O'Connor and Edward Francis O'Connor both came from Irish-Catholic families long established in Georgia (Kirk, 2008, p. 8).

(*Note the sentences above are copied with proper APA citation.)

Tips for preventing plagiarism

  • Use proper intext (parenthical) citation through out your research paper. Be sure to include a "Works Cited" page. (See the library's MLA & APA citation guides for creating a proper "Works Cited" page.
  • Use a thesaurus to assist in finding other words to describe your subject.
  • Keep rough drafts of your papers until you have received your final draft.
  • Always allow a professor access to your sources.

Tools the library has for proper MLA & APA citation

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (call number LB2369 .G53 2009)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA format) (call number REF BF76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Cettei Library citation guides for APA and MLA, located on the library's Web page under "Student Links." (Also in print format at the front desk of the library.)
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