You can find more resources for avoiding plagiarism by checking out the VGCC Library Citations Libguide.
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However, if you use someone else's words to describe something that is common knowledge, you must quote and cite the passage.
Keep track of page numbers and mark the sections you are using. Keep a research log; copy the wording, punctuation, and spelling exactly as it appears in the original text.
What happens when you plagiarize?
Plagiarism is taken very seriously in schools, business, government, and all of the places people learn and work. Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism can have long-term and damaging effects on a person's education and career.
At VGCC, if you plagiarize, you can fail an assignment or course, be suspended, or even be expelled. See the "VGCC Plagiarism Policy" page in this guide to find out more about VGCC's procedures for dealing with plagiarism.
At work, plagiarism can get you reprimanded or fired.
Technology has only made it easier to detect plagiarism. There are many tools available to scan for plagiarism, but even a simple Google search can catch many instances. The easiest way to avoiding getting caught plagiarizing is to not do it in the first place!
Portions of this guide were originally published in the "Avoid Plagiarism" Library Research Guide from Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University and are used with permission.
Quoting, Summarizing, Paraphrasing
According to Plagiarism.org, re-tweeting without giving the original source is the 10th most common type of plagiarism.