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Plagiarism Subject Guide LRC@TCC

The definition of plagiarism given in Joseph Gibaldi's MLA Style Manual: "Using another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source constitutes plagiarism.... [T]o plagiarize is to give the impression that you wrote or thought something that you in fact borrowed from someone, and to do so is a violation of professional ethics.... Forms of plagiarism include the failure to give appropriate acknowledgment when repeating another's wording or particularly apt phrase, paraphrasing another's argument, and presenting another's line of thinking" (6.1; see also Gibaldi, MLA Handbook, ch. 2).

Scope: Recognizing and avoiding plagiarism.
Call number areas to browse: PN167
Keywords to search: plagiarism, writing, citing, citations 
Subjects to search (Library of Congress):  Plagiarism
Broader terms: Authorship, Copyright infringement, Literary ethics, Literature, Quotation
See also Imitation in literature,Originality in literature

Books in our catalog:

Gale Virtual Reference Library (r)

Internet resources

Avoiding Plagiarism at TCC provides general guidelines for using sources in essays.

OWL Plagiarism from Purdue University includes an overview and practice recognizing plagiarism.

Plagiarism.org What is plagiarism?; Education tips on plagiarism prevention; Types of plagiarism; Plagiarism FAQs; How do I cite sources?; What is a citation?; Facts about plagiarism

Plagiarism Test from Indianna University, 10 questions and a printable certificate.

What is Plagiarism? Rutger's University's clever instruction for students.

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