BUSN - Citing Business Sources: Plagiarism
In North American academic contexts, writers are expected to cite sources whenever they take ideas, information, or words from a source.
Failure to cite sources according to a standard style can result in plagiarism. Plagiarism most commonly involves:
- failing to cite a source
- citing a source but failing to use quotation marks to indicate borrowed wording
- following the original text too closely when paraphrasing
How can I avoid accidental plagiarism?
Here are a few suggestions:
- When taking notes, note the source and page number, and put quotation marks around wording taken directly from the source. Without quotation marks, you will forget which words were yours and which were not.
- Try paraphrasing as you take notes or use simple key word notes, rather than writing down wording from the original.
- Put the article or book away after reading and summarize the information in your own words.
- Check all paraphrases against the original. Following the original sentence structure and substituting words here and there is unacceptable.
How to avoid accidental plagiarism (Haskayne Business Library)
Avoiding plagiarism (University of Guelph)
Avoiding plagiarism (Purdue University)