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How to Avoid Plagiarism: Home

Definition of plagiarism and guidance on avoiding it

Definition of plagiarize (“Plagiarize.” Merriam-Webster,

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty, and you have plagiarized whenever you present someone else's ideas, whether verbatim or as a paraphrase, as your own without documenting the source. Proper documentation gives credit to the source in a style appropriate to the discipline.

To help students recognize the ethical use of information and prevent plagiarism, Yeshiva University Libraries have published a guide with a video tutorial explaining

  • Why we cite sources;
  • When we cite sources;
  • How we cite sources.

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As evidence of the Libraries' reinforcement of careful research methodology and proper source attribution, the Student Library Research Award is made each spring to a student whose submission demonstrates skilled information seeking and high-quality source documentation.

Director of University Libraries

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Paul Glassman
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