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HIS 101: World Civilization through 1600

Plagiarism Basics

Merriam Webster defines Plagiarism as “the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person”.


So how do you avoid plagiarism?
Proper Citation!

Whether the product of your research is shared in print or in an oral presentation, you should include both in-text and bibliographic citations. You must also cite any images that you use, as well as charts, videos, audio recordings, and other works; if someone else created the content, the source of that content must be cited regardless of the medium in which it appears!

Aside from helping you to avoid plagiarism and to satisfy the requirements for the assignment, proper citations also:

  • Help you to sound professional
  • Lend credibility to your work
  • Give credit to the creators of the resources that you use
  • Allow your readers to find, access, and evaluate your sources
Citations make it clear that:
  • You are participating in an ongoing scholarly conversation
  • You’ve done your research
  • You respect both the value of information and the rights of the folks who created the information that you used.

EasyBib. “Determining What Is Plagiarism?” EasyBib, Chegg, 1 Jan. 2021,

Merriam Webster Dictionary. (n.d.). Plagiarism definition & meaning. Merriam-Webster.