Taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own or neglecting to give credit to the sources you used.


What is plagiarism?

  • Plagiarism can range from a simple forgotten citation error to full-blown word-for-word copying.
  • Plagiarism often occurs in the form of incorrect citations and/or using improper forms of paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing.
  • Buying a paper from a friend, online, or using a paper you wrote for another class is also plagiarism.
  • Read more about plagiarism and preventing it: Avoiding Plagiarism pdficon_small.gif

What are the consequences?

  • In the case of inadvertent citing errors, your professor may require that you correct the problem before credit is given.
  • If the situation is more grievous, you may receive a failing grade (or worse) on your paper.
  • See St. Kate's Student Code of Conduct Policy.

How can you prevent it?

  • Pay attention to detail and avoid accidental plagiarism.
  • Using the Research Project Calculator is a great way to prevent procrastination and last minute panic on an assignment.
    • Sometimes plagiarism occurs when assignment deadlines are looming and, in order to finish the assignment on time, a student plagiarizes someone else's work.

"The Real Library World: Avoiding Plagiarism" from St. Kate's Libraries