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Plagiarism: Understand and Avoid It!: What is plagiarism?

What is plagiarism? How do you quote a source without plagiarizing? Review this material to learn how!

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you fail to indicate when you are using someone else’s ideas, whether you’ve quoted the idea directly, or if you’ve rephrased it into your own words.  Either way, you must cite your source clearly, so that a reader can identify where you found your information.  If you don’t do this, it is considered plagiarism, and is taken very seriously by the University of Houston – Downtown. 

The university's policy on plagiarism and other topics are covered by UHD’s Academic Honesty Policy.