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Welcome to the Leicester Middle School Library: Avoiding Plagairism



Passage from Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters by Sheila Keenan (23): 

Japan's mythology celebrates two important concepts: nature and nation.

Example of student work: Two important concepts that are celebrated in Japanese mythology are nature and nation. 

After reading the book passage (in red), would the example of student work (in blue) be considered plagiarism?
Yes: 114 votes (51.35%)
No: 108 votes (48.65%)
Total Votes: 222


Passage from the book Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters by Sheila Keenan: 

No one had a greater impact on the Western world than the Greeks. 

Example of student work: According to Keenan, Greeks impacted the Western world more than any other civilization (57).

Is the above passage an example of plagiarism?
Yes: 22 votes (8.15%)
No: 248 votes (91.85%)
Total Votes: 270

Learning Target & Success Criteria

Learning Target:

I can recognize the difference between plagiarizing and properly citing sources in a research paper.

Success Criteria:

I will have met the Learning Target when I can identify whether the practice questions on the Avoiding Plagiarism LibGuide are examples of plagiarism. 

What is Plagiarism?

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • While taking notes for your research make sure to record the citation information so you don’t have to track down the source later on.
  • When taking notes, rephrase the text in your own words so you can draw freely on the information during the writing phase.
  • If you're afraid you mistakenly plagiarized and do not have time to talk to your teacher take that portion of writing out of your paper.


  • Plagiarizing is a form of academic dishonestly 
  • If you use an author's ideas or words you must give the source credit
  • If the information is not recognized as common knowledge, you need to cite the source
  • Using quotations without providing source information is plagiarism
  • Buying papers and using them as your own is plagiarism
  • Copying another student's work is plagiarism


In the Library...


Purdue OWL : Is it Plagiarism Yet?
Visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab for more information on plagiarism and citations.

MLA Style Center : Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty
Provides a concise understanding of plagiarism
This website provides a thorough explanation of plagiarism and its implications. Many additional resources are provided for student use.




AASL Standards
1.3.1 Respect copyright/ intellectual property rights of creators and producers.

1.3.3 Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information.
1.4.4 Seek appropriate help when it is needed.
3.1.6 Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.