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Plagiarism: Plagiarism

A guide to identifying and avoiding plagiarism

LCC Policy

Lansing Community College takes plagiarism very seriously.


Multimedia Sources

Not just words need to be cited. Remember to give credit for any multimedia resources that you use.

Find images, but check the terms of use.

Information about citing other multimedia sources in MLA and APA.

Plagiarism is stealing . . .

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using any work that is not authored by you without giving proper credit. Plagiarism is also claiming that another person's ideas, or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) are your own. You must always cite any information obtained from any source.

Plagiarism is...

  • turning in someone else's work and claiming it as your own.
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit.
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks (yes, this is plagiarism)
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation.
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit.
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.

Created by and used with permission from Stacy Brown, Georgia Highlands College.

Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

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