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SPAN 3301W -Intermediate Spanish Writing: Avoiding Plagiarism

plagiarism, n.

The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.

Vanderbilt Resources on Plagiarism

Addtional Web Resources on Plagiarism


If you're still not sure about what plagiarism is try one of the tutorials below. 

What's the Big Deal?

In this culture, we consider our words and ideas intellectual property: like a car or any other possession, we believe our words belong to us and cannot be used without giving credit.

Therefore, whenever you write a paper that requires research, you must tell your reader where you obtained any ideas or assertions that are not originally your own. Whether you quote directly or summarize the information, you must acknowledge your sources by citing them. In this way, you give that person credit for the work s/he has done.

Types of Plagiarism

Regardless of your intent, each of the following constitutes plagiarism:


checkmarkDirect Plagiarism -- including a verbatim quotation without a proper citation

checkmarkParaphrasing without a citation...passing off the ideas of others as your own

checkmarkThe inclusion of graphics, tables, charts or web pages without proper acknowledgement

checkmarkDouble dipping -- turning in the same paper for more than one class

See the "Citing Your Sources" Tab for more information about how to credit your sources.

Some tips to help you avoid accidental plagiarism include:


checkmarkStart your research early -- procrastination can lead to last minute stress & sloppy work

checkmarkKeep notes or a bibliography of the sources you consult as you go -- it is easier than reconstructing it at the end.

checkmarkVisit the Writing Studio for help on  incorporating your evidence & sources into your paper.