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Introduction to Library Research: Plagiarism

Library handouts and a video presentation on starting your research using the resources at the Macdonald-Kelce Library at The University of Tampa.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism means that you present words or ideas of another person as your own. The most common form of this is copying a direct quotation from a source and not crediting the author. A more subtle form is inadequately paraphrasing the material from a source.

Plagiarism is also quoting an undocumented public text or the undocumented borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase or directly quoting in a piecemeal manner (i.e., cutting and pasting) from published texts or other informational texts such as websites, without providing proper citation.

          Definitions of Academic Integrity Violations, Academic Misconduct and plagiarism are provided in the   University of Tampa's Academic Integrity Policy.

Although plagiarism is easier than ever to attempt it is also getting easier to detect. Most professors and administrators use tools such as, personal knowledge, other researchers, and other means to prove the originality of one's work.

For more information about plagiarism, visit here. To find information on copyright, intellectual property, fair use, etc. click here.