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Citation Styles: Plagiarism

MLA Style Guide for Research Papers, eighth edition

SEU Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original material without acknowledg­ing its source. Plagiarism includes unattributed use of any source, in any medium, published or unpublished. Work already submitted for a grade in another course may not be resubmitted unless the professor specifically states otherwise.

Examples of Plagiarism

  • Quoting or paraphrasing material without attributing it to its source
  • Copying segments from the work of others without giving proper credit
  • Submitting as original work written entirely by someone else

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Some easy steps you can take to make sure you aren't plagiarizing: 

1.  When in doubt, cite!  

2.  Ask  a peer or the Writing Center to proof your paper.

3.  Make sure you are familiar with the citation style for your class.

4.  Don't copy or paraphrase, hide the original and use your own words.

5.  Remember, at SEU, plagiarism is a serious offense.  See the Academic Intergrity Policy below.

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