Plagiarism, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is "the action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, [words, cartoon, graph, chart, music, PowerPoint] etc., and passing it off as one's own."                  

Plagiarism tutorial

How do I avoid plagiarizing?

How do I correctly quote and paraphrase? 

How do I correctly cite my sources?

What citation styles are used at SMC? 

Why do people  plagiarize?

Examples of plagiarism:

  • Buying a paper from a  term paper mill to submit as your own work
  • Incomplete or incorrect citation of a source
  • Copying ideas or quoting text without proper acknowledgment
  • Copying cartoons, graphics, charts, PowerPoint slides, web stuff, or other material without documentation
  • Copying text or quoting from a source, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks
  • Paraphrasing materials from a source without documentation
  • Signing your name to a group project which you did not contribute to
  • Turning in another student's work as your own

How do I avoid plagiarizing?

How do I correctly quote and paraphrase another author?

What citation styles are used at SMC?

Subject disciplines often use citation styles prescribed by their professional associations.  Contact your professor to determine the required style for your courses.

Why do people plagiarize?   Excuses, excuses!


"Plagiarism."  Oxford English Dictionary.  2006 Draft Revision.  England: Oxford University
             Press, 2007.  Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT.  28 May 2007

Wilhoit, Stephen. “Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism.” College Teaching 42 (Fall 1994)

Writing a Great Research Paper. 4, Plagiarism & Other Pitfalls. Dir. Karl Weber.
            Videocassette.  Video Aided Instruction, 2007.