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Citing Sources


This section of the guide was originally created by M. Jacobs. Other editors: D. Mizrachi and S. Lee.

Oops! I Plagiarized?

Source: Swartz, P. (2016). "Oops, I plagiarized." Bruin Success with Less Stress: Plagiarism. Retrieved from [Accessed January 3, 2017]

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the presentation of another’s words or ideas as if they were your own without giving credit to the other person, including but not limited to:

  • Purchasing a paper on-line and submitting it as your own
  • Copying your roommate’s paper (or parts of it) and submitting it as your own
  • Paraphrasing ideas, data or writing from someone else’s work without properly acknowledging the original source
  • Unauthorized transfer and use of another person’s computer file as your own

Source: UCLA Office of the Dean of Students’ Student Guide to Academic Integrity.

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to demonstrate integrity in all of your academic endeavors and plagiarism is a violation of that integrity. There are different forms of academic dishonesty:

  • Cheating: “I copied off of someone else’s exam.”
  • Fabrication: “I made up the results for that lab exercise.”
  • Plagiarism: “I didn’t write that part of my paper—I just cut and pasted the text directly from the Web.”
  • Multiple Submissions: “I submitted the same paper for two of my classes.”
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: “I let my roommate copy my homework—it’s no big deal.”

Source: Dougherty, K., Lee, S. (2012). Avoiding plagiarism: A workshop on citation [PowerPoint slides].