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According to The New Oxford American English Dictionary 1, the word "Plagiarism" originates from the Latin word for kidnapper and refers to the "practice of taking else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own." Obviously, cutting and pasting from internet documents, or buying a paper from an online "paper mill" are examples of plagiarism. However, so is improperly citing ones sources. We've put together this collection of resources to help you avoid plagiarism.
1 "plagiarism n." The New Oxford American Dictionary, second edition. Ed. Erin McKean. Oxford University Press, 2005. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Vanderbilt University. 18 May 2009.
The resource How to Avoid Plagiarism gives a brief overview of what plagiarism might mean at Vanderbilt University based on cases that have been viewed as plagiarism. How to Avoid Plagiarism was created by the Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) as part of our mission to address the professional, academic, and practical language needs of students who use English as an additional language. It includes a test on recognizing instances of plagiarism and tips and advice on how to avoid plagiarism.
A resource from the people behind the plagiarism detector Turnitin.com. Includes an "accidental plagiarism" detector called WriteCheck, as well as an explanation of the types of plagiarism, and the different citation formats.
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