In this unit, you will learn how to incorporate the material you find in your sources into your own writing. Along the way, you will learn how to cite these sources appropriately and avoid plagiarism. Finally, we will show you some tools that will help you with citing your sources.
If you deliberately turn in someone else's work, use a source's exact words without placing these words in quotation marks, or use a unique interpretation you found in a source without giving credit to the source, you are guilty of plagiarism, a serious academic offense that can result in a number of different penalties, including a score of 0 on the assignment, failure of the class, and a report to Student Affairs. UNCP's Academic Honor Code reads: "Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly presenting someone else's words or ideas as one's own. You avoid plagiarism by very carefully acknowledging the sources of ideas you use and by appropriately indicating any material that has been quoted (that is, by using quotation marks and properly acknowledging the source of the quote, usually with a clear reference source citation and page number)."
Some students may think that they need to cite material only if they use the source's exact words; however, you must cite unique ideas, as well.
To avoid plagiarism and generally strengthen your essays and presentations, follow the tips below for incorporating source material into your own work.