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Writing a paper? Want to avoid plagiarism?

Exactly what does it mean to plagiarize? The Oxford English Dictionary Online defines it this way:

to take and use as one's own the thoughts, writings, or inventions of another

According to the Clemson University Academic Integrity Policy, plagiarism includes "the intentional or unintentional copying of language, structure, or ideas of another and attributing the work to one's own efforts."


At Clemson University, plagiarism is considered an act of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism charges can be brought against you for the following offenses:

  • Copying, quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from any source without adequate documentation

  • Purchasing a pre-written paper (either by mail or electronically)

  • Letting someone else write a paper for you

  • Paying someone else to write a paper for you

  • Submitting as your own someone else's unpublished work, either with or without permission
See the links in the menu on the left to learn more about how to avoid plagiarism.


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Adapted from Duke University Libraries' "Avoiding Plagiarism" http://library.duke.edu/research/plagiarism/index.html
Avoiding Plagiarism