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Writers' Center

Eastern Washington University

Using Sources and Citation Styles (MLA and APA)

Tips for documenting your sources

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is passing off someone else's words as your own. This can be intentional (such as turning in a paper that was written by a classmate), but most often it is unintentional (such as forgetting to cite a source or not putting quotation marks around a word-for-word phrase). Either way, plagiarism is theft, and it is very important to understand how to properly give credit to your sources.

How Plagiarism Happens and How to Avoid It