Plagiarism is not about intent. It is strictly whether you copied information or otherwise incorrectly incorporated someone's ideas into your work, without correctly attributing the source. Simply using synonyms or omitting the occasional word is still plagiarism. Not including a properly-formatted Works Cited or References page that lists--and therefore, attributing sources--all the outside research you have used also constitutes plagiarism.
These handouts, links, and videos can help you understand what plagiarism is and how you can avoid it.
Our online tutors use a pink and green technique to help you spot plagiarism. If you see anything highlighted in these colors, it means the tutor either has found you have copied a source (almost) word for word, or there is a strong likelihood that you have plagiarized. You should review your essay for other instances of plagiarism.
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