In the library we are committed to helping you succeed, and that includes giving you the tools you need to avoid 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:
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.
Pay attention to detail and avoid accidental plagiarism.
There are also a couple tools that may help you. The Research Project Calculator is a great way to prevent procrastination and last minute panic on an assignment. Grammarly from Computing Services is another tool that may help; it allows you to upload your paper and get instant feedback on grammar and citations.
Use some of these tutorials to better understand plagiarism and how to prevent it.
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