Think plagiarism is just an issue for college students writing research papers? Hardly! Here are real-world examples of celebrities being accused of plagiarizing.
These tutorials, designed by other libraries and universities, are great interactive ways to learn about various elements of plagiarism. Each of these tutorials will take you about 10-15 minutes.
Notice that each of these tutorial is cited with the institution where I found it. Because this Research Guide is less formal than your research papers, I just gave a quick note about who wrote it. If I wrote a research paper about plagiarism, I would want to cite any tutorials I used with the author, institution, date, and title of the tutorial.
Broadly speaking, plagiarism refers to passing off others' ideas as your own. This can include purposeful and nefarious acts:
But usually, plagiarism is a little more nuanced than that. Often, students don't know what truly constitutes plagiarism. This Research Guide is here to help you understand some of the more tricky elements of plagiarism.
Many, many students have some anxiety about plagiarism. You are not alone. You want to do your best work and present yourself as an honest, hard-working, upstanding scholar. That's great!
Some things to keep in mind as you begin navigating plagiarism in an academic context:
You may have negative connotations about citation and plagiarism in your head. That's okay! However, there are many positive outcomes for citing appropriately and working to avoid plagiarism.