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Research Help: Avoiding Plagiarism and Copyright Violation

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as:


"the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work." ("plagiarism." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 15 Dec. 2010. <>.)


Here is a short description from Mercyhurst's librarians. Be sure to view the video in full screen mode. Please enter your name and email address to complete the quiz after watching.


Check out this video by Washburn University comparing plagiarism to identity theft:


Copyright Advisory Network

Wondering whether your course, course packs and materials are copyright-protected or in compliance with copyright?

Check out this helpful guide to copyright regulations.