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Visit the Madonna University Writing Center’s Plagiarism page to learn more about plagiarism in academic writing!

Revised 03/2021

 What is Plagiarism?

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of someone else as if they are your own words, without crediting the original writer.


There are many different ways to plagiarize in your papers. Watch this video from Scribbr to learn more about the types of plagiarism you may encounter throughout your academic career.

Types of Plagiarism


What is Academic Integrity?

Academic integrity is the commitment of students, professors, and staff at academic institutions to demonstrate honest behavior in academic settings. This includes acknowledging the contributions of others in your work and refraining from committing plagiarism. The consequences for violating academic integrity can be very serious, including suspension or expulsion.

Academic Integrity


Madonna University calls this Scholastic Integrity and Research Integrity in the Undergraduate Catalog. The catalog states that “When a student uses the words, ideas, or information of another person or source without correctly giving credit to that source, he or she is violating the ethical code of Madonna University” (Madonna University, 2019).

 Avoiding Plagiarism - Tips & Citing Your Sources

What are Some Tips to Avoid Plagiarising?Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

How do I Avoid Plagiarism Through Citing?

Cite your sources when:

  • Referring to a source or using someone else’s opinions, thoughts, and ideas.
  • Using and image/media that you did not create.

Citing your sources:

  • Gives credit to the authors.
  • Creates access to the materials for other users.
  • Provides evidence of your research process.
  • Is the ethical and standard practice for writers.

No citations are needed when:

  • Stating your own thoughts and interpretations.
  • Using common knowledge information.
  • Personal observations and experiences
 Avoiding Plagiarism - Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing

How Do Quoting, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing Help Avoid Plagiarism?

Learning how to use direct quotations, summarizing, and paraphrasing is essential to avoiding plagiarism. To learn more about these ways to use other people’s ideas watch this video from PALNI.Quoting, Summarizing, Paraphrasing

It is difficult understanding which technique to use to avoid plagiarism. Here are some tips on when and how to use quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing:

Direct Quotation Paraphrasing Summarizing
  • Word-for-word from source
  • Summarize idea/point of specific passage in own words
  • Remain faithful to original meaning
  • Overview of entire discussion or conversation
  • Provide credibility
  • Get exact words into research
  • Maintain consistent style
  • Avoid lengthy quotations
  • Support arguments
  • Simplify complex arguments, grammar, or vocabulary
  • Save time, increase understanding
  • Give authority and credibility
  • Original author's wording unusual, unique or memorable and should be preserved
  • Idea is more important than words used
  • Words in original article are complex but point is simple
  • Idea is more important than words used
  • Want to condense more of original material and ideas into paper than paraphrasing
  • Copy source's exact words and put in quotation marks
  • Cite source with in-text citations corresponding to reference on Works Cited or Reference Page
  • Read section carefully
  • Write in own words what passage is saying
  • Cite source with in-text citations corresponding to reference on Works Cited or Reference Page
  • Read material carefully
  • Write main points you find relevant in your own words
  • Cite source with in-text citations corresponding to reference on Works Cited or Reference Page

Use the Madonna Writing Center’s Safe Assign draft checking software to see whether you have unconsciously plagiarized material. Note: Plagiarism checkers are not 100% accurate, so use your own judgement with the results.

 Online Resources

The following online resources are recommended:

Tutorials and Tests: