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WRD 111: Composition & Communication II: 5: About Plagiarism

the second course in the composition & communication sequence, in which students compose written, spoken, and multimedia arguments about public issues. Summer 2010.

Plagiarism @ UK

At UK, plagiarism is a serious offense with consequences ranging from receiving a zero on an assignment to expulsion.

"Plagiarism means taking the words and thoughts of others (their ideas, concepts, images, sentences, and so forth) and using them as if they were your own, without crediting the author or citing the source." (Source: Plagiarism: What Is It, UK Office of Academic Ombud Services)
This paper clearly explains plagiarism, provides examples of both good and bad paraphrasing, and tips on how to avoid plagiarism.

Avoiding Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarizing someone else words or ideas, make sure you:

  • Paraphrase the original text in your own words. Be sure you are not just rearranging phrases or replacing a couple of words.
  • Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
  • Cite every source of information you use to write your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research. This includes facts, figures, and statistics as well as opinions and arguments.


Why You Need to Cite Sources

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