It’s come to my attention that there is a great amount of confusion on what’s considered plagiarism. Let me try to give a simple explanation, then direct you to a couple of websites that explain it in a little more detail.

Whenever you want to include something that someone else said or wrote, you must put the words that are not your own in quotation marks and include an in-text citation. If you include someone else’s words in your writing and do not put it in quotation marks, that is plagiarism, because you are not showing with the quotation marks that the words aren’t yours.

If you take someone else’s writings, thoughts, or ideas, and rewrite them into your own words, you do not need to use quotation marks, but you do still need to use an in-text citation to indicate where you found that idea.

“Plagiarism in college writing” (Pearson Education, Inc.)
Be sure to click through ALL the pages, and try some of the exercises.

“Plagiarism FAQs” (

After reviewing these sites, if you still have questions about plagiarism, please feel free to contact me.


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