Statement on Plagiarism
Instructors expect work submitted to them to represent the student’s own efforts and reflect the outcomes of his/her learning.
Plagiarism is theft. When you use the ideas and words of another person without giving that person credit, then you are plagiarizing. If what you write in a school project does not come from your own head, or your own experimentation, or from common knowledge, you are probably plagiarizing.
To avoid plagiarism, always cite your source when you:
quote someone directly,
paraphrase someone, or
summarize someone else’s ideas.
Just because you reword someone else’s ideas doesn’t make those ideas your own. To be on the safe side, always cite your sources, even though you seem to be overdoing it.
As well, quoting from your own previously submitted or published work without citing it is also considered plagiarism – self-plagiarism.
For more information on citing sources, see your librarian for help and see our handouts covering the MLA and APA guides to bibliographies and in-text citations.