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InfoLit@Ramsey: Avoiding Plagiarism

UNC Asheville Policy on Academic Honesty

"Academic Honesty
As a community of scholars dedicated to learning and the pursuit of knowledge, UNC Asheville relies on the honesty and academic integrity of all the members of its community. Any act of plagiarism, cheating, or use of unauthorized materials or assistance is academic dishonesty. "


How Can You Avoid Academic Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the use of someone's words or ideas as your own. When writing a research paper or making an oral presentation, you must cite all the sources used whether from a book, a printed article or an electronic resource found on the web.

Common types of plagiarism include:

  • Passing another's work off as your own
  • Fabricating or forgetting to include citations
  • Failing to cite paraphrasing
  • Paraphrasing incorrectly
  • Using media (images, audio or video) without citing source

To avoid plagiarism you should:

  • Paraphrase the original text into your own words.
  • Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
  • Cite every source of information you use in your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research.

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