Students may be tempted to purchase an essay online, borrow a classmate's paper and change a few words, or copy passages directly from textbooks, websites, or scholarly articles. However, plagiarism is considered fraud and theft of others' intellectual property.
Plagiarism can occur accidentally, if students are unaware of proper citation methods and attribution (giving credit to the author of the resource).
Copyright law is the law that protects intellectual property. To plagiarize is to violate the copyright protections placed on a work or idea. For more information about copyright, visit the Copyright Guide:
The American Psychological Association (APA) citation style is used primarily by the sciences, both social sciences and hard sciences.
The CRW is a good place to start for help with citations.
Additional resources for learning how to use the APA citation style:
Always cite your sources when you...:
From: Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. "Warning: When You Must Cite". Poorvu Center, https://poorvucenter.yale.edu/writing/using-sources/understanding-and-avoiding-plagiarism/warning-when-you-must-cite [This citation is in MLA style!]