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INFO LIT: Plagiarism

By the end of this instruction you should be able to understand what plagiarism is and when to cite your sources in order to avoid it.


Paraphrasing and summarizing are very similar. Both involve taking ideas, words or phrases from a source and crafting them into new sentences within your writing.

Summarizing includes condensing the source material into just a few lines. 

To paraphrase is to use another author’s ideas expressed in your own words—without quotation marks, since it's no longer a word-for-word quotation. Just changing a few words from the original doesn't count.

Whether paraphrasing or summarizing, credit is always given to the author.