Am I Plagiarizing?: An Advanced Infographic

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Have you done a research paper or project before? Then you’re probably no stranger to the concept of plagiarism! It’s something we’re taught to be aware of, scared of, opposed to, and—above all else—avoid.  We’ve all seen how serious the consequences can be from stories at school and in the news: failing a class paper, being expelled from school, costing a job or money, and more. With so much at stake, the important question arises: how do we prevent it from happening in the first place?

The simple answer is citing! That includes providing a full bibliography, and in-text citations (like APA or MLA parenthetical citations), where needed.

To help you in your quest to avoid plagiarism, we’ve put together a simple infographic below. Using the flowchart, you can determine if you’re plagiarizing or how to avoid doing so. Feel free to print and share!

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Michele Kirschenbaum

Michele Kirschenbaum is the in-house librarian at EasyBib. You can find her here on Twitter.