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Plagiarism is falsely claiming ideas, research, theories, or words are your own. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense.


The most common kind of plagiarism results from incorrectly citing a source or not realizing that the source needs to be cited. 



No Citation Needed

There are only 2 instances when you do not need to cite a source.

  • The idea is common knowledge (as a general rule, that means you have found the exact same information in 3 or more sources)
  • You came up with the idea

Even if you are not directly quoting, you need to cite where you got the idea from.