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Format & Cite: Avoiding Plagiarism

Information about formatting research papers and citing sources

Consequences of Plagiarism

Plagiarism does not apply only to written works; it also applies to images, graphics, charts, music, videos, etc. that you use in your research.

This form of Academic dishonesty applies to individual as well as group work and may result in partial credit, no credit, or failure of the exam or assignment. In addition, your instructor may forward the situation for further disciplinary action such as suspension or removal from the course or college in accordance with the YCCD Board Policy and Procedure 5500: Standards of Conduct.


What is Plagiarism?

Whether you mean to do it or not, plagiarism is stealing. This brief video from Eastern Gateway Community College explains plagiarism and shows you ways you can avoid it.

How Can I Avoid Plagiarism?

A great first step in avoiding plagiarism is to cite the sources you used in preparing your research paper or project correctly. Remember, you must cite any source from which you gathered knowledge that you did not know before you started your research. 

There are different techniques you can use to incorporate information from your sources within your paper like summarizing it or paraphrasing it.

Click on the tutorial below from the Greenwood Skills Center to learn these easy techniques:

Avoiding Plagiarism