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UKCore Template 1: 5: About Plagiarism

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.

View this tutorial for more information on plagiarism: Understanding 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.
  • View Understanding Plagiarism, a tutorial provided by UK's Office of Academic Ombud Services.

Why You Need to Cite Sources

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Real World Examples

Think plagiarism is just an issue for college students writing research papers? Think again!  Check out these real world examples of celebrities being accused of plagiarizing.