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Library Research Tutorial: Adapted from Canvas Course

This Research Guide runs through the same information as the Library Tutorial course in Canvas. Use this guide to quickly access that information without needing to log into Canvas, and use it as a refresher for the main points in the Canvas tutorial.

Plagiarism Definitions

The Oxford English Dictionary gives the following definition for plagiarism:

  • noun: The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.1

All of the following are considered forms of plagiarism, whether committed intentionally or accidentally:

  • Complete Plagiarism:
    • Submitting another person's work as your own.
  • Direct Plagiarism (word-for-word):
    • Copying another person's words without the use of quotation marks and without citing the source
  • Paraphrased Plagiarism:
    • Abbreviating and/or rewording another person's ideas or words without citing the source
  • Self-Plagiarism:
    • Submitting your own previous work to satisfy the requirements of another course. Some instructors may allow to use portions of previous work if you ask them ahead of time.

1. Oxford English Dictionary Online, s.v. "plagiarism, n.," accessed August 16, 2018,