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This guide provides an overview of plagiarism.

What is Plagiarism?

In general, plagiarism is deliberate and unintentional use of someone's words (verbal and written), ideas (concrete and implied), physical works (including artwork and photography), and digital content (including images, video, audio, etc.) without giving them credit

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines "plagiarize" as: 
     to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
     to use (another's production) without crediting the source
     to commit literary theft
     to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

It is important for you can plagiarize without meaning to, and regardless of your intent, there can be consequences by the university. The university and the library want to help you learn to avoid it.

This guide is intended to help you begin to understand plagiarism in college, the many different types of plagiarism, how to avoiding plagiarism, and the additional resources available to you.


Bainbridge State College. (2010). "Plagiarism: How to Avoid It." YouTube. Accessed July 10, 2018.

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