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Plagiarism Resources

In the library we are committed to helping you succeed, and that includes giving you the tools you need to avoid plagiarism.


What is Plagiarism?

The simple definition of plagiarism is: taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own or neglecting to give credit to the sources you used.

Even with a simple definition, it's sometimes hard to identify just what is and what isn't plagiarism. Take some of these things into account, and read even more in our Plagiarism handout:

  • 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.

What are the Consequences?

What are the Consequences of Plagiarizing?

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 and Community Expectations for more information.

Preventing Plagiarism

How Can Plagiarism Be Prevented?

Pay attention to detail and avoid accidental plagiarism. Grammarly from Computing Services may help with this. It allows you to upload your paper and get instant feedback on grammar and citations.


Plagiarism Tutorials

Use some of these tutorials to better understand plagiarism and how to prevent it.