Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016     Views: 285

Citations are important any time you use research, data, thoughts, etc. from another writer or researcher. You should use citations anytime you are using a quote, paraphrasing, or summarizing someone else's work or ideas. 

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using the words and ideas of someone else and presenting them as your own. It may be unintentional, but having a scholarly conversation requires trust and honesty.

For example, you must cite when using:

  • Another person’s ideas, words, opinions, images, media
  • Any facts, graphs, drawings, … ANY kind of information that is not common knowledge
  • Quotations: another person’s spoken or written words
  • Paraphrases: minimally changing another person's words or ideas

       More information


Forms of Plagiarism

  • Handing in a paper done by someone else
  • Copying text from a website and pasting it into your document
  • Using facts, statistics, etc. without acknowledging the source
  • Handing in the same paper for two different assignments
  • Using the results of someone else’s research as if it were your own
  • Using images or media you didn't create

      For examples 


How to Avoid plagiarism

  • Keep accurate records during the research process [author, title, place of publication, publisher, date, etc.]
  • Put quotations marks around any words copied verbatim into your notes
  • Use organizational tools in the databases or Evernote to help keep track of where you find things

       Take a tutorial (Recommended by Walsh faculty)
       Side by side comparison of correct citation method vs. plagiarism of a passage

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