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Plagiarism 2: Home


What is plagiarism?

“The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.”  "plagiarism, n." OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2017. Web. 29 March 2017.

·        What are the consequences of plagiarism?

As a student, you can fail either the project or the course. Your work can be destroyed. Make sure to check out Fairleigh Dickinson’s policy on Academic Integrity below: and


In the professional world, your resignation can be required or you may be discharged from your position. There can also be legal action taken since plagiarism consists of violation of copyright.   In both cases cited below, plagiarism charges were followed by appropriate action.

·        How is plagiarism avoided?

Proper citation – giving credit to the original source – is always the best way to avoid accusations of plagiarism.   This does not only apply to print sources but photographs, charts etc.   In short, anything that is being taking from another author or creator.                                                                                             

Remember: When in doubt – cite it!



·        How do I cite?

There are numerous styles of citation. Two of the most popular are APA (American Psychology Association) and MLA (Modern Language Association). Among the many citation services are Knightcite at  and OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue which can be accessed at

There are also features in a number of databases which will automatically give the citation for articles accessed.

The Giovatto Library also has the following guide available:

A guide to MLA documentation : with an appendix on APA style / Joseph F. Trimmer.
PN147 .T75 2010

Some other resources available:

Stealing into print : fraud, plagiarism, and misconduct in scientific publishing / Marcel C. LaFollette  Z286.S4 L33 1992

MLA handbook LB2369 .G53 2016

Doing honest work in college : how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success / Charles Lipson  PN171.F56 L56 2008


If using a print citation guide, be sure to use the latest edition as citation styles do change.

Remember, if you have any questions about whether to cite or not or how to cite, ask your Professor  for assistance.