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What it is and how to avoid it

Free tools to detect plagiarism

Most popular plagiarism checkers are browser-based and don’t require the installation of desktop software. Keep in mind that "So-called plagiarism detection software does not detect plagiarism. In general, it can only demonstrate text parallels. The decision as to whether a text is plagiarism or not must solely rest with the educator using the software: It is only a tool, not an absolute test."  Here are some of the most popular, and free, plagiarism technologies being used today:

Plagiarism resources @ VCC library

What is plagiarism and how to avoid it?

Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas and claiming them as your own.

To avoid plagiarism you must always give credit for information you have taken from someone else.

You must give credit whenever you use things like:

  • words, phrases, quotations
  • ideas, theories, or opinions
  • charts, graphs, drawings, diagrams, music, art

Test your knowledge - You Quote It, You Note It!

You Quote It, You Note It! - An interactive plagiarism tutorial by Acadia University
(takes about 10 min)

You Quote It, You Note It! Plagiarism tutorial by Acadia University

Suggestions for preventing plagiarism

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