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Citations: Introductory Guide: Plagiarism


How Do You Avoid Plagiarism?


  • Keep track of your sources and cite everything.

  • If you’re not sure whether something needs to be cited, ask your instructor or a librarian.

  • Make sure you cite even when you paraphrase – not just when you use direct quotes.

  • When you do paraphrase, use your own words. Don’t just rearrange sentences or replace select words. You need to show that you understand this information and are using it for a reason.


The UC San Diego Librarians Avoid Plagiarism video gives an excellent overview of how to avoid plagiarism.


  •  Web sources need to be cited

  •  Paraphrasing of someone else’s work needs to be cited

  •  Exact quotes need to be cited


What is Plagiarism?

Failure to properly cite sources is considered plagiarism, whether intentional or not. Plagiarism is:

  • Using others work/ideas without citing sources
  • Making up citations/sources
  • Passing off another’s work as your own

Are You Plagiarizing?

Plagiarism Checkers

Before you turn your work in, check for accidental plagiarism.