APA Citation & Style Guide

Avoiding Plagiarism

Copying someone else's work or ideas and misrepresenting them as your own is called plagiarism. Committing plagiarism, whether intentionally or unintentionally, is a violation of academic integrity and can result in suspension from school. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to:


  • Take good notes that keep track of citation information (author, title, date, pages, etc.)

  • Avoid copying and pasting from the Web and other electronic resources

  • Use your own ideas and words

  • Give credit for copied, adapted, or paraphrased material using a proper citation style