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What is Plagiarism?

"Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or words as your own. A form of academic dishonesty, it carries potentially severe penalties, ranging from failing the assignment, failing the course, to expulsion from the university."

-- National University on Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarism, keep the following in mind:

  • Quoting a source: use quotes and provide a citation
  • Summarizing: provide a citation
  • Paraphrasing: provide a citation
  • Using statistics or facts that are not common knowledge: provide a citation

The following PowerPoint presentation developed by the National University Writing Center helps explain how to incorporate information into your papers to avoid plagiarism:

Plagiarism Detection

National University uses SafeAssign (in BlackBoard) to help students check their writing for plagiarism. This is available in all online courses if enabled by faculty. For questions about SafeAssign, students need to contact their instructor. Plagiarism detection software is not available from the Library.

For plagiarism detection options outside of National University, students might consider Grammarly or WriteCheck.

FACULTY: To allow students to use SafeAssign to check their papers for plagiarism, you must do the following:

  • For the assignment in question, go to Edit Assignment > Submission Details.
  • Allow for multiple submissions.
  • Enable SafeAssign, and allow students to see SafeAssign reports.

For more information, please see the Blackboard Plagiarism Tools page (must log in through SSO).

More Information


Cyber Ethics (FMG): Guidelines for the use of intellectual property

Information Literacy: The Perils of Online Research (FMG): How to conduct online research ethically

The Jayson Blair Story: Favoritism and Plagiarism at The New York Times (FMG): Analysis of credibility of the news media.


You Quote It!  You Note It!  (Acadia Univ.)

Plagiarism Court  (Fairfield University)

Plagiarism Game (Lycoming College) 

Plagiarism Movies (Rutgers University)

Additional Plagiarism Resources

Other Library Guides

Plagiarism Websites