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Learn how to recognize and avoid plagiarism.


Plagiarism is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The full text of the license is available at For questions about this tutorial, please send an email to or

This tutorial was adapted in 2016 by Ann Agee, Librarian, from Plagiarism: The Crime of Intellectual Kidnapping (2003, SJSU), which was created by:

Edith Crowe, Librarian (Content and Quiz Development)
Pamela Jackson, Librarian (Content and Quiz Development)
Marci Hunsaker, Librarian (Editing)
Bridget Kowalczyk, Librarian (Information Literacy Specialist)
Jessie Cai (Programming)
Wan Si Wan (Animation/Flash Version)
Andrea Lam (Graphics/Non-Flash Version)


Goals For This Tutorial

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Define plagiarism
  • Know when to cite sources used in your paper
  • Know how to quote and paraphrase someone else's words or ideas
  • Know some of the common citation methods
  • Know the consequences at San Jose State for plagiarism