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Graduate Students' Guide to Library Resources and Services

Resources, tools, and services provided to graduate students by the University of Cincinnati Libraries.

What is plagiarism?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as follows:

plagiarism, n.

  1. The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.
  2. A particular idea, piece of writing, design, etc., which has been plagiarized; an act or product of plagiary.

The UC Student Code of Conduct defines plagiarism as:

  • Submitting another’s published or unpublished work in whole, in part or in paraphrase, as one’s own without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, quotation marks, citations, or bibliographic references.
  • Submitting as one’s own original work, material obtained from an individual, agency, or the internet without reference to the person, agency or webpage as the source of the material.
  • Submitting as one’s own original work material that has been produced through unacknowledged collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators
  • Submitting one’s own previously written or oral work without modification and instructor permission.

Learn more about plagiarism and its avoidance

Plagiarism prevention instruction for your students

As a teaching assistant, you need to educate your students about plagiarism and its consequences. Direct your students to the interactive library tutorial:

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