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Citation and Plagiarism

This guide contains a select list of resources for properly citing your sources and avoiding plagiarism.

What is Plagiarism?

This one-minute video clarifies how to cite when you cite another author's words or another author's ideas.


Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words or ideas without due acknowledgment.  It may be intentional or unintentional.  To make sure you have avoided plagiarism in your work, you should:

Accurately quote the original author's words.

Enclose the quotation within quotation marks.

Follow the quotation with an in-text citation.

Introduce the quotation with a phrase that includes the author' name (e.g., Baxter argues that...)

Provide a list of references with full citation information at the end of the paper.


Quick Tips for Paraphrasing:

Paraphrasing or summarizing doesn't mean just changing a couple of words from the original work.

Acknowledge the source through in-text citations immediately following the paraphrase.

Review some good examples of paraphrasing and learn the techniques that will improve your paraphrasing.

Turnitin Plagiarism Checker

Turnitin SimCheck is a plagiarism detection service employed by the UO that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited text. The service automatically checks submitted work against an index of online sources.  It can be accessed through your Canvas course site if your instructor has activated it for particular assignments.   

Note: Vericite, the originality checker tool in Canvas, has been sunset as of August, 2020 and is being replaced by Turnitin’s SimCheck tool. If you are a student and having difficulties using Turnitin, please contact your instructor.