Plagiarism 101

What is Plagiarism? 

A simple video from the folks at Commoncraft will help shed some light and define exactly what plagiarism is and how you can avoid it while writing a research paper.

How do you know if you are plagiarizing?


Copyright and the Creative Commons (Copyleft): There is a difference

Here's a quick little video explaining how copyright is different from Creative Commons and why both have their merits and drawbacks. For more information on CC visit our Creative Commons page.


Below are some definitions of terms related to plagiarism that your students need to know:

The list of books and articles, etc. at the end of a research paper; often titled “References” or “Works Cited”

All the information needed to find a source of information, such as the title, author, publisher, publication date

The legal rights of the authors of intellectual property to control how their property is sold, published and distributed

Intellectual property
Creative work completed by a person, such as writing, drawing, photography, music

Put another person’s ideas into your own words.

An exact quote of a block of words, with no changes

We highly recommend as a resource that you should consult often during your planning, writing, sourcing, and editing process!

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