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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when you use someone else's intellectual property without properly crediting them, and it is a serious offense. Always cite your sources whether you quote or paraphrase.

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use:

  • another person's idea, opinion, or theory
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings--any pieces of information--that are not common knowledge
  • quotations or paraphrase of another person's actual spoken or written word
What is citation?

Citation identifies information you have used in writing your paper. You can cite books, articles, videos, speeches and more. A listing of citations can be called a "bibliography" or "works cited" or simply, "references."

Why cite?

You must cite your sources whenever you use someone else's words, images, or ideas to give that person credit for his/her intellectual property. Citing sources is also necessary so the reader can find the information you used in your research. Citing sources will help you avoid plagiarism. Learn more about citing your sources on our Research Writing web page.



PLAGIARISM for Instructors:

Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers - Robert Harris discusses strategies instructors could adopt to combat plagiarism including specific suggestions for becoming more aware, prevention, and detection.
DEALING WITH PLAGIARISM  - How to detect it and how to prevent it.
EVE2 (ESSAY VERIFICATION SERVICE) -  Claims to come as close as possible to searching every site on the Internet to detect plagiarism by "employing the most advanced searching tools available to locate suspected sites." Free fifteen day trials are available, but the software must be purchased after that time to continue using it. Each license is a one-time fee of $29.99 and updates are free.
FREE COLLEGE ESSAYS - Take a look at what your students can purchase online!
How Original.com - Checks 1K of text against Internet resources for plagiarism at no cost.  Fee charged for  checking larger segments. 
MY DROP BOX - FEE BASED, but with a free trial, provides access to about 250,000 papers and  technology to detect and prevent cases of Internet plagiarism.
Plagiarism.org - Self-described "online resource for educators concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism."
uick search is free, but more extensive searches have a fee.
turnitin.com- A service that for a fee, checks against paper mill sites and its own repository of papers to find copied text


PLAGIARISM  for Students:

Avoiding Plagiarism - Guidelines from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs at the University of California, Davis.
Avoiding Plagiarism @ Oregon State University - outlines several examples of acceptable and unacceptable "borrowing".
Center for Academic Integrity
- Provides a forum to identify, affirm, and promote the values of academic integrity among students.
Preventing Academic Dishonesty  - Adapted from Barbara Gross Davis, Tools for Teaching. This provides good strategies for preventing plagiarism of all sorts, including papers and blue book exams.
What is plagiarism?  - Guidelines from the Georgetown University Honor Council.
YVCC's Academic Dishonesty INFORMATION FROM THE STUDENT CODE OF Rights and Responsibilities


TUTORIALS: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Simulation
University of Southern Mississippi Plagiarism Tutorial - The tutorial was adapted from Robert A. Harris's book The Plagiarism Handbook : Strategies for Preventing, Detecting, and Dealing with Plagiarism, Los Angeles, CA : Pyrczak Publishing, 2001.  Responses to pre and post tests may be emailed to yourself and an instructor.


Plagiarism is a central issue in higher education. The plagiarism sites listed above are intended to be used as tools when developing materials for courses or grading assignments.  If you are an employee of YVCC and locate additional plagiarism sites that you believe should be added to this list please contact:   Joan Weber \



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