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Avoiding Plagiarism


Basically, plagiarism is the use of another person's WORDS or IDEAS without proper attribution (i.e., indicating where it came from). 

You can still summarize or quote another person's work without plagiarizing by making it clear what content is your own, what came from another source, and providing sufficient information about those outside sources.

Easy right?

While the basics of avoiding plagiarism are straightforward, in practice, you will quickly come across gray areas and different disciplines can vary in how they deal with using other peoples' ideas.

We hope that the information on this page will help to clarify some of the areas of plagiarism that are less cut and dry and work out some of the misunderstandings about what counts as plagiarism.

University of Dayton Undergraduate Bulletin's definition of Plagiarism

B. Committing Plagiarism and Using False Citations
Plagiarism consists of quoting directly from any source of material without appropriately citing the source and identifying the quoted material; knowingly citing an incorrect source; or using ideas (i.e. material other than information that is common knowledge) from any source of material without citing the source and identifying the borrowed material. Students are responsible for educating themselves as to the proper mode of attributing credit in any course or field. Faculty may use various methods to assess the originality of students' work, such as plagiarism detection software.

Source:  University of Dayton Undergraduate Bulletin


Graduate Students:  see the University of Dayton Graduate Bulletin

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