Is It Yours?

It Happens

We've all needed to write a paper before, and not known what to write about. Through natural instincts, we google the subject and find a website that provides the most information. When we find something we like, we copy and paste it to our "original" document. Little do we know it is easily caught by teachers and will count against our grade.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is taking someone else's work and passing them off as your own ideas. It can be considered bad because you can easily get into trouble with crediting yourself with one's work that isn't yours.

Ways To Steer Away From Plagiarism

  • Give credit to any author or cite that provided you with the information you used.
  • Be clear when citing information.
  • If you aren't sure whether to cite or not on information you've used, you should probably cite.
  • Use a new citation every time you use something else from a different cite or author.


Paraphrasing is using your own words to restate the author's ideas; when you quote directly you include the exact words of the author and put quotation marks around them. (Write for College)


You can tell whether or not a source is credible by just a few simple details.

  1. Determine whether the information is current.
  2. Is the information complete?
  3. Is the information accurate?
  4. Is the source an expert?
  5. Is your source biased, or based on opinion?
(Write for College)

Why use sources?

  • If you use sources, you do not have to be an expert on your topic to write an essay about it.
  • If you have sources and fit them well into the essay, the writing becomes more credible.
  • The amount of sources used in an essay can affect how persuasive the writing can be.

Plagiarism: How to avoid it - Youtube User - BainbridgeCollege

Plagiarism: How to avoid it