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Avoiding Plagiarism

Academic Integrity

Below are a list of links from reputable Web sites that offer great tips and strategies for avoiding plagiarism. If you are unsure about rules for citing sources and these guides are not explanatory enough for you, don’t forget to Ask a Librarian here at USF.

These tutorials review the basic definition of plagiarism, give examples of different forms of plagiarism, and introduce basic guidelines for how and when to cite sources. It concludes with an introduction to the most common citation styles that are used in academic writing. (Requires authentication for access)

Critical Thinking Academy also makes some of their great plagiarism tutorials freely available on YouTube. Check out these free and helpful videos using the links below:


Avoiding Plagiarism – the OWL at Purdue
Summary: There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.

Accidental Plagiarism: Don’t Let this Happen to You
Summary: This short video from the University of Arizona Libraries takes the viewer through a cautionary tale of accidental plagiarism and the easy ways it can be avoided.

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