Plagiarism is using the work of someone else without giving that person credit.
Most plagiarism is unintentional.
- Copying text word for word from a book, an article, or the Web without giving credit.
- Paraphrasing text from a book, an article, or the Web without giving credit.
- Using the original ideas of someone else without giving credit.
Note: You do not have to give credit for information that is common knowledge! (e.g. the boiling point of water)
How not to do it:
- Use your own ideas as much as possible.
- When taking notes, write them in your own words, making sure the wording is significantly different than the original. If you must copy word for word, use quotation marks!
- When taking notes, keep a detailed inventory of where you found each piece of information so you’ll be able to properly acknowledge it later. Best Bet: keep your notes and citations together in EndNote or Zotero.
Citation Management Software
With citation management software you can:
- Collect citations and PDFs in one place
- Automatically create a list of references in the style you choose
- Automatically create in-text citations in the style you choose
- Take notes associated with a particular citation
- Share citations with fellow students and faculty
- Save yourself a significant amount of time!
One great option is Zotero. Here's how to use it: