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How To Avoid Plagiarism
By Debbie Lopez Updated on January 3, 2024
John Ross, JD, CPA John Ross, JD, CPA

How To Avoid Plagiarism

Detailed guide covering the most common types of plagiarism and best practices to avoid them

To help students better understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, our team has summarized the most authoritative best practices on plagiarism into a singular resource guide, which students can use when completing research-based assignments. These strategies are distilled from materials offered by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab, the Harvard Guide to Using Sources, and the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Video Guide For Students

In the video above, John from the Test Prep Insight team covers the common types of plagiarism students must be aware of, as well as best practices for avoiding plagiarism.

Printable One-Pager For Students: Avoiding Plagiarism

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What is plagiarism?

In short, plagiarism is presenting work or ideas from another source as your own, with or without consent of the original author. Plagiarism most commonly occurs by incorporating these works or ideas into your own work without full acknowledgement.

How much plagiarism is acceptable?

Your work should not contain any plagiarism. Any quotes or ideas taken from another source should be properly cited, every time.