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How to Recognize Plagiarism

Overview: Our Goal

In our experience with writers over the years, we have observed two prevalent kinds of plagiarism:

You need to be able to identify these kinds of plagiarism in order to avoid them. You also need to be able to discern when plagiarism does not occur.

This is the main focus of this tutorial. When provided with original source material and a sample of student writing, you should be able to correctly identify whether the student version is word-for-word plagiarism, paraphrasing plagiarism, or not plagiarism.

But first: what you should do, not do, why, and what ...?

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