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Plagiarism: Welcome

Famous Plagiarism Cases

Joe Biden  E. J. Dionne Jr. (September 18, 1987), New York Times

J. K. Rowling, Marjorie Kehe (February 18, 2010), Christian Science Monitor

Monica Crowley, Tumulty, K. (2017, January 17), CNN Money

Nora Roberts vs Janet Dailey, Peyser, M. (8/10/97), Newsweek

Welcome to the Plagiarism Guide

Plagiarism is the use of the ideas and words of others without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. 

At Northern Lights College, plagiarism is defined as the "unacknowledged reproduction of information. It includes inadequately citing sources for information quoted, paraphrased, or summarized in assignments, wholesale copying of material written by others, and submitting work prepared by someone else as one's own. This improper use of material also applies to Internet sources."

Northern Lights College Honesty Policy   

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use:

  • another person's idea, opinion, or theory;
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings, or other information that is not considered "common knowledge";
  • quotations of another person's actual spoken or written words; or
  • paraphrasing of another person's spoken or written words.

To avoid plagiarism:

  • learn how to cite/reference properly
  • learn how to paraphrase properly

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