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Why Document Your Research?

  • Most academic writing draws on previous research, writings, and materials.

  • As a researcher, you will study what others have published and form you own opinions or theories.

  • As a result, you often use other people’s thoughts and ideas and incorporate them into your work.

  • When you quote, summarize, or paraphrase information found in books, articles, or web pages you must acknowledge the original author.

  • It is important to list your sources not only to give credit where it's due, but also to allow the reader to easily look at the sources you’ve consulted.

  • Whenever you draw upon the work of others, you must give proper credit to (cite) their work.

  • Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism



What is Plagiarism?

  • Plagiarize definition from

    transitive verb
    : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
    intransitive verb
    : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
    For academic writing, this usually involves the use of outside material without properly citing sources, rather than a deliberate theft of another’s work

Examples of Plagiarism

a) Copying the work (words/ideas) of someone else without giving them credit. Whether the work is from a

  •    Website
  •    Magazine
  •    Newspaper article
  •    Book
  •    Someone else's work, whatever the form

b) Passing someone else's ideas off as your own

  • failing to put quotation marks around a quote
  • paraphrasing or rewording ideas, and failing to give credit

c) Falsifying or fabricating a citation for a quotation

d) Copying so many ideas that the majority of the work is not your own


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