ENGLISH R1B: When Reading Goes Wrong - Bauer

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty, violating the Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct. The campus issues a guide to understanding plagiarism, which states:

"Plagiarism means using another's work without giving credit. You must put others' words in quotation marks and cite your source(s). Citation must also be given when using others' ideas, even when those ideas are paraphrased into your own words."

Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic and student conduct rules and is punishable with a failing grade and possibly more severe action.

In order to avoid plagiarism, you must give credit when

  • You use another person's ideas, opinions, or theories.
  • You use facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, music, etc., or any other type of information that does not comprise common knowledge.
  • You use quotations from another person's spoken or written word.
  • You paraphrase another person's spoken or written word.

Citation workflow diagram

This content is part of the Understanding Plagiarism tutorial created by the Indiana University School of Education.

Citing using MLA

When preparing a bibliography, you’ll want to establish which style sheet your professor wishes you to use.  For undergraduate English classes, the preferred style sheet is often the Modern Language Association’s MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  This publication also contains valuable information about the entire research process from choosing a topic, to avoiding plagiarism, to formatting the paper. 

MLA handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th edition. New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2009.
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Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab created the MLA Formatting and Style Guide, which is quite useful.

Last Update: January 13, 2014 14:00