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Avoiding Plagiarism


PLEASE NOTE: The below page is out-dated and has been replaced by this page, which is part of the new Plagiarism and Citation Styles site.

Plagiarism is described in the W&L 2011-2012 Catalog, and cited by the Student Executive Committee, as "the use of another's words or ideas without proper ackowledgement." 

The resources below should be considered reliable sources of advice about what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.


Introduction, from W&L's Student Executive Committee.

Some faculty, such as Paul Gregory, also may have plagiarism advisory sites.

Academic Integrity at Princeton

Comprehensive guide covers plagiarism, citation practices, collaborations, etc., originally created by current W&L Dean of the College Hank Dobin.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Guide from Northwestern University.

Strategies to Avoid Plagiarism

From Amherst College.

Sources and Citations at Dartmouth College

Excellent eight-page guide.

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It

From Williams College.

Academic Honesty:Scholarly Integrity, Collaboration, and the Ethical Use of Sources

Guide from Grinnell College.

How to Avoid Plagiarizing

From the College of William and Mary.

What and How to Cite

From Duke University.

What Is Plagiarism?

From Georgetown University.

Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It

From the Writing Tutorial Services at Indiana University.


Brief guide from the University of Auckland (New Zealand).

Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Commercially-published guide to plagiarism and citations styles.

Plagiarism Resource Site

Focus on two sections of this site: the options ("Overview of Terms," etc.) in the column on the left; and the Self-Test   (click on "Start the self-test").   From Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin Colleges.

Plagiarism Tutorial

There is a spcific section entitled "What Is Plagiarism?," but the entire site is helpful.   University of Southern Mississippi.