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Plagiarism

Plagiarism: A Major Writing Mistake


Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses another’s 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.


Ways to avoid plagiarism:



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 his information.



References


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.



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