Plagiarism Guide for Students

Avoid Plagiarism - Give Credit Where Credit is Due

Always cite your sources in order to give others the necessary credit for their work.

Video - Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite?*

This 1 minute video clarifies how to cite when you cite another author's words or another author's ideas.

Quick Tips for Quoting:

  • Accurately quote the original author's words.
  • Enclose the quotation within quotation marks.
  • Follow the quotation with an in-text citation.
  • Introduce the quotation with a phrase that includes the author' name (e.g., Baxter argues that...)
  • Provide a list of references with full citation information at the end of the paper.
  • Check the specific techniques used by the style manual required by your professor or subject area.

Quick Tips for Paraphrasing

  • Paraphrasing or summarizing doesn't mean just changing a couple of words from the original work.
  • Acknowledge the source through in-text citations immediately following the paraphrase.
  • Review some good examples of paraphrasing and learn the techniques that will improve your paraphrasing.

Avoiding Paraphrase Plagiarism*

This website provides examples of how to know when you are paraphrasing successfully or incorrectly.

Citation Style Guides

The UO Libraries have developed a quick guide to many citation formats.  The examples cover the most widely used citations formats, e.g. journal articles, books, newspaper articles, web, and government documents.

UO Academic Misconduct information.


*The video Avoiding Plagiarism: What Do I Need to Cite was developed by Kevin deLaplante, Iowa State University.
* The website Avoiding Paraphrase Plagiarism was developed by Sue Thompson, California State University San Marcos Library.

Created by jenkins on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Apr 29, 2014