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What on earth is Frankenstein doing here? Frankenstein, with his sewn together body parts, illustrates the concept of copying and pasting pieces of information from different sources, one after another, into one’s work. These ‘Frankenstein’ papers are particularly prone to plagiarism.

Plagiarism seems like such an easy concept to understand: the dishonest practice of claiming credit for something you didn’t do. Avoiding plagiarism seems equally simple: giving credit where credit is due. And it is that simple — sort of.

While some instances of plagiarism are well understood by most people, other types are not as obvious. Students know that putting their name on a paper written by someone else is plagiarism, but they are less clear about when to give credit to others for ideas included in their papers. This site attempts to clarify what actions are considered plagiarism and provide techniques for avoiding them.

The tutorial includes:

  • Three lessons on defining plagiarism, providing strategies to avoid plagiarism, and advice on how to credit sources.
  • Checkpoints to check the reader’s understanding of the concepts covered in each section. Students can email the results to their instructor to show what they have learned about plagiarism.
  • A brief glossary clarifying some of the language used to talk about plagiarism.
  • To illustrate some of the citation styles, each section uses a different citation format (APA, MLA, and Chicago).

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Last updated 8/23/2012 by Sue Thompson
contact: sthompsn@csusm.edu