Welcome to the Plagiarism Tutorial

This tutorial will help you avoid plagiarism by providing examples that explain how to properly include in one’s own scholarly work information from other sources. It is not enough to mention a source in a bibliography; you must cite an outside source within your text in a specific way in order for the use not to be considered plagiarism. Your style guide (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, etc.) will describe precisely how to cite your sources. If you are not sure which style guide to use, ask your professor.

As you make your way through the tutorial, there will be two quizzes that help you understand the difference between an acceptable use of a source and plagiarism. So take a guess! Click on the answer you think best. If you choose an incorrect answer simply try the other option; no matter which answer you choose, there will be an explanation as to why the example is or is not plagiarism.

The Resources page offers suggestions on note-taking to keep yourself organized and track your sources. You will also find links to pages with in-depth information on internal citation styles and the University of Southern Mississippi's Student Handbook section on plagiarism.

When you have completed the tutorial, Test Your Knowledge to see what you learned.

(If you would like to work through the entire tutorial again with the self-tests, you will need to clear the cache in your browser.)

This tutorial was adapted from Robert A. Harris's book The Plagiarism Handbook : Strategies for Preventing, Detecting, and Dealing with Plagiarism and Tom Fox, Julia Johns and Sarah Keller's  Cite It Right: The SourceAid Guide to Citation, Research, and Avoiding Plagiarism.

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