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Plagiarism: Resources for Students

Information to help you avoid plagiarism

Plagiarism Tutorial

Plagiarism: the act of presenting another's work or ideas as your own

Avoid Plagiarism: What Every Student Needs to Know IRIS interactive tutorials
(created by Clark College, WA) covers:

  • definition & overview of plagiarism
  • what needs to be acknowledged
  • using style manuals to cite sources
  • practice identifying plagiarism
  • final quiz

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What is plagiarism?


A definition: "Plagiarism is using some else's work - words, ideas, or illustrations; published or unpublished - without giving the creator of that work sufficient credit. A serious breach of scholarly ethics, plagiarism can have severe consequences: Academic professionals can face public disgrace or even be forced out of a position. In the business world, plagiarism leads to distrust and can significantly damage careers. Students risk a failing grade or possible disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion."

Source citation: Stern, Linda. What Every Student Should Know about Avoiding Plagiarism. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009. Print.

Plagiarism is Against the Law

Committing plagiarism is a violation of the SCC Student Code of Conduct and Washington State Law.


The Washington Administrative Code (WAC 132Q-10-210, Academic Dishonesty and Ethical Violations) defines plagiarism.


Even robots struggle with plagiarism.

Recommended Websites

The following sites will help you learn the skills necessary to avoid plagiarism: