Academic and professional writers (and their institutions and readers) care deeply about plagiarism. Beyond the purposeful use of someone else's words as one's own, plagiarism concerns can also result from missing or misleading citations, distorted or misinterpreted sources, or overreliance on sources for organization, style, and sentence structure.

Plagiarism Overview: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center website offers a suite of resources for writers. The UNC Writing Center's "Plagiarism" page works through essential concerns and terms for writers and their readers.

Writing Effectively with Sources: here's a useful resource from the University of Louisville Writing Center, and here's a second good resource from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Writing Center.

"Did I Plagiarize?": it takes more than a minute to zoom in on and read through this flowchart analyzing the types and severity of plagiarism concerns, but it's truly useful for all researchers and scholars.

More for Faculty:

"Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices," from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Strategies for Preventing Plagiarism: this Carnegie Mellon resource, written for a faculty audience, offers important starting points as you consider your syllabi and assignments.

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