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WSH Library FAQ's: Plagiarism

Writing without Plagiarism

Writing Without Plagiarism

This is a guide to organizing your research and writing process so that you minimize the risk of plagiarism. It will help you answer questions like:

What is Plagiarism?Do I need to cite this?How do I cite this?How do I keep track of all the sources I use?

Understand Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a person uses someone else's words or ideas without giving them proper credit.

A research paper should be a combination of your ideas and the previous research of other scholars on the same topic. You can use another scholar's words, facts and ideas, but this borrowed material must not be presented as your own creation.You should be looking for sources that provide you with new information about the topic that expands or supports your ideas.

Reusing work you did for a previous assignment-- even though it is your own-- is also considered plagiarism. Seek guidance from your instructor if you would like to cite your own work.

It is your responsibility as a university student to learn and use appropriate research writing techniques. See the UWM Handbook for the official statement on Academic Misconduct.

Your probably already know...

Plagiarism includes: 

Copying someone else's work and turning it in with your name on it

Reusing/Recycling your own assignments from past courses

Copying and pasting content from the web without citing it

Rewording another source but not citing it

Paraphrasing another source without citing it

Using someone else's ideas without citing