Copying, Cutting & Pasting

You copy words or the whole passage from the original source without giving credit.


  • Cite the source of your info whether it's found in a print source, electronic form or on the Internet, unless it's considered common knowledge.

  • Use quotation marks around a phrase or sentence that you use from a print source, electronic source or a Web site.

  • The Internet has made it easier to copy/cut and paste, BUT the Internet has also made it easier to identify cases of plagiarism.

A Closer Look

Test Your Knowledge

*Dr. C. Barnbaum, "Type I: Copy & Paste Plagiarism," PLAGIARISM: A Student's Guide to Recognizing It and Avoiding It, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Valdosta State University, 9 December 2008 <>

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