Culture and communication

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism involves using other people’s words without giving them proper credit. In this class, giving proper credit means using full APA citations in the body of your paper or discussion post and in your papers. If you use someone’s ideas, you must include a citation – (Bevan, 2020). If you use someone’s words, you must encase the words in quotation marks and leave the citation. Remember, the reader assumes all your work is your own words unless otherwise indicated by the use of quotation marks. If you use four or more words from a source, be sure to use quotation marks, or it could be deemed a form of plagiarism. This can result in you receiving a zero on the assignment and could even result in failing the class. Avoid using websites such as coursehero, as they sell papers that have been produced by other students and can result in you plagiarizing other people’s work.

Identifying when plagiarism has occurred:

Here is a resource to help you identify when plagiarism has occurred:

Paraphrase instead of relying on quotes:


When students are uncomfortable with their knowledge, they often rely on quotes. However, quotes don’t really show that your understanding of the content and often leads to instances of plagiarism. Here is a resource to help you to paraphrase:

Avoiding Plagiarism:

This resource offers some advice on how to avoid plagiarizing:

Below are instructions for running your paper for an “originality report.” Instructors use this same tool to check your work for plagiarism. We advise that you do this to ensure your work does not have any issues.

You will want to ensure that your paper is as close to a 0% match as possible.  If you have properly cited all of your sources and used quotation marks properly, you will have a very low score.


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