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Many students have heard the classic definition, that it's using someone else's work without citing the source. Plagiarism can take other forms, however, including: What is plagiarism?
Re-arranging an author's words (paraphrasing) and using it without a citation
Using someone else's ideas without citing the source
Using a photograph or image and not including a citation
Submitting the same paper for two different assignments
Sometimes, plagiarism is accidental. A few strategies can help anyone avoid accidental plagiarism:
Allow plenty of time to research and write papers and presentations
Take complete notes, and include author's names and page numbers for easy reference later
Use the citation tools available in databases, word processing software, and online
Consult the style guides for the format, such as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the MLA Handbook, etc.