Plagiarism: a major writing mistake
Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses another writer’s written work but presents it as his own.
It involves using a writer’s words, opinions, and ideas without giving him credit for it. Even if a writer unwittingly
plagiarizes another’s work, the legal and ethical ramifications can be costly.
to avoid plagiarism:
- All direct quotations from another writer’s work
should be surrounded by quotation marks and attributed to the writer.
information that is taken from an author’s ideas and opinions should list the author as the source of the information.
- Generally known facts and opinions that are available from a number of sources do not
require a citation (reference to the source of the information).
- Facts that
are not generally known or easily checked require citations.
If there is
uncertainty about whether or not a source should be cited, then err on the side of caution and give the author credit for
used to write this article:
Avoid Plagiarism, The OWL at Purdue, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/
The Chicago Manual of Style, The University of Chicago Press
The Facts on File: Guide
to Good Writing, Martin H. Manser