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How to Avoid Plagiarism: Plagiarism Resources

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What is plagiarism?

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

1) to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
2) to use (another's production) without crediting the source
3) to commit literary theft
4) to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. is an online resource for educators and students concerned with developing quality writing and research skills. It prevents and detects plagiarism by comparing submitted papers to billions of pages of content located on the Internet and selected proprietary databases. The results are compiled for each paper submitted, in custom reports that are sent to participating faculty.

How do you get started?

At UWSP, is integrated with D2L, our online learning platform.  Contact Sean Ruppert (x2375) for assistance with setting up D2L for your classes.  Then, when creating a D2L dropbox folder for an assignment, simply check "enable originality checking." Submitted papers will then be processed via and the results displayed in the D2L dropbox folder.


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