Both students and professional writers should be concerned about plagiarism. Although many writers think that plagiarism only involves purposely using someone else's words as one's own, plagiarism can also result from missing punctuation, improper citation formats, and careless paraphrasing.


Plagiarism flowchart: an infographic analyzing the types and severity of plagiarism concerns

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

Tutorials about how to avoid plagiarizing: here's one good resource and here's a second good resource (

Take this quiz to find out if you understand plagiarism

Strategies for preventing plagiarism

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