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Plagiarism & Citing Sources: Plagiarism

Plagiarism, Types, and How to Avoid

Examples of Plagiarism...

  • Turning in someone else's work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas of someone else without giving credit
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation or an idea
  • Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source

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Is It Really a Big Deal?


  • Beyonce has been sued multiple times for plagiarism, most recently by filmmaker Matthew Fulks.
  • Fareed Zakaria was suspended by CNN and Time magazine for plagiarizing an article in The New Yorker by Jill Lapore.
  • An Amherst College professor resigned her position when plagiarism surfaced in her scholarly work.
  • Dr. Eric Poehlman faced criminal prosecution for falsifying scientific study results and was permanently barred from receiving public grant money.
  • Kaavya Viswanathan's novel "How Opal Metha Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life" contained passages plagiarized from author Megan McCafferty.  The publisher recalled all copies of the book and canceled her contract for a second book.