FIG #16: Electing a President: Library Resources: Citations and Plagiarism

Citation guides in the library


Western Washington University defines plagiarism as "Presenting as one's own, in whole or in part, the argument, language, creations, conclusions, or scientific data of another without explicit acknowledgement."* Simply put, it means presenting someone else's work as your own.

Examples of plagiarism:

  • Using another person's written or spoken words without complete and proper citation
  • Using information from a website or other electronic source without complete and proper citation
  • Using statistics, graphs, charts, and facts without acknowledging the source
  • Paraphrasing by imitating someone else's argument using other words without acknowledging the source
  • Using work produced in connection with one course to fulfill a requirement in another course without permission*

          Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty and can result in failing an assignment or even an entire course. There is a simple way to avoid plagiarism: Cite your sources correctly.**

          More information:

          *“Understanding and avoiding plagiarism,” Academic Dishonesty Committee, ACC; Approved by the Faculty Senate, April 8, 2002. 

          **A full descriptiption of plagiarism and WWU's academic dishonesty policy can be found in the most recent course catalog.

          Common citation questions and answers