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Ready, Set, Cite (MLA, 8th)

A guide providing an in-depth explanation of and examples of using MLA format

How Can I Avoid Plagiarism?

A great first step in avoiding plagiarism is to cite the sources you used in preparing your research paper or project correctly. Remember, you must cite any source from which you gathered knowledge that you did not know before you started your research.  There are different techniques you can use to incorporate information from your sources within your paper like summarizing it or paraphrasing it.

Learn how to summarize and paraphrase information within your paper by using this short video guide from Greenwood Skills Center (Greenwood Press) on Avoiding Plagiarism.

Now, try paraphrasing for yourself using this Paraphrasing Exercise from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue. Once you've paraphrased the passages, you can compare your work to the answers provided.

Consequences of Plagiarism at MJC

According to the MJC Standards of Conduct, plagiarism is:

The deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas, words or statements of another person as one's own, without acknowledgment.

Plagiarism does not apply only to written works; it also applies to images, graphics, charts, music, videos, etc. that you use in your research.

This form of Academic dishonesty applies to individual as well as group work and may result in partial credit, no credit, or failure of the exam or assignment.  In addition, your instructor may forward the situation to the Office of Student Success for further disciplinary action such as suspension or removal from the course or college in accordance with the YCCD Board Policy and Procedure 5500: Standards of Conduct.