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Plagiarism is more than just copying content word-for-word. Plagiarism is using the work or ideas of another person without giving credit to the original creator. Anything other than common knowledge or your own ideas should be cited in a paper.
Word-for-word copying of another's work and presenting it as your own
Using another's work with minimal changes and no citation
Failing to cite an original source
Avoid plagiarism by using citations in the format that your professor requires. The links and graphic below can help you decide when you need to cite different types of information.
For help with MLA or APA citations, see our citation guide.