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Cranston High School East Library: Plagiarism

About Plagiarism

According to Webster's Dictionary, plagiarism is "the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person".  It is very important to avoid plagiarism in all of your work.  Use the information on this page to learn how to avoid plagiarism and properly give credit to your sources. 

definition citation: "Plagiarism." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2013.

Plagiarism Video

Click on the picture below to watch a video created by Common Craft to explain plagiarism. 

"Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft | Richland Library." Richland Library. N.p., n.d. Web.

Online Grammar & Plagiarism Checker

Use Grammarly to check your work for plagiarism. 

Academic Plagiarism

High schools, colleges, and univeristies take plagiarism very seriously.  Click on the links below to read real academic policies on plagiarism. 

Rhode Island College's Policies on Plagiarism

URI's Report form for Plagiarism Incidents

Bryant University's Policy for Academic Dishonesty

CCRI's Policy on Academic Dishonesty

Brown University's Academic Code

Whose Is It Anyway?

Watch this video about the reponsible use of online content:

CommonSenseEducators. "Whose Is It Anyway?" YouTube. YouTube, 03 July 2013. Web.

Understanding Plagiarism

Visit the sites below for additional information about plagiarism. - Includes information about plagiarism, how to avoid it, and how to cite your sources. - Excellent article explaining plagiarism.  Includes a plagiarism checklist - Ths Purdue OWL Writing Lab's Guide to avoiding plagiarism

How To Tell if You are Plagiarizing

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Free Online Citation Creators

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Real World Examples of Plagiarism

Click here to read a list of real examples of plagiarism and its consequences. 

Click here to read a list of the top 10 plagiarism scandals of all time. 

Click here to read about plagiarism in pop music. 

How much do you really know about plagiarism?

Click on the picture below to test your knowledge about plagiarism.  This interactive tutorial was created by the Vaughn Memorial Library at Acadia University in Canada. 

So, you think you know what plagiarism is?

Click here to take a pretest about plagiarism.  

Plagiarism Pretest Answer Key