King Ceasor University Library

Understanding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s ideas, words, or work without giving proper credit. It is a serious academic offense and can have significant consequences. At King Ceasor University, we are committed to promoting academic integrity and providing resources to help you understand and avoid plagiarism.

What Constitutes Plagiarism?

Plagiarism can take various forms, including:

  • Direct Copying: Using someone else’s exact words without quotation marks or proper citation.
  • Paraphrasing Without Attribution: Rewriting someone else’s ideas or work without acknowledging the original source.
  • Self-Plagiarism: Submitting your own previously submitted work without proper citation or permission.
  • Unauthorized Collaboration: Working together on assignments meant to be completed individually without permission.

Avoiding Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarism, follow these guidelines:

  • Cite Your Sources: Whenever you use someone else’s ideas, words, or work, provide a citation that clearly indicates the source.
  • Use Quotation Marks: When directly quoting someone else’s words, use quotation marks and provide a citation.
  • Paraphrase Carefully: If you’re paraphrasing someone else’s ideas, ensure that you rephrase them in your own words and provide a citation.
  • Credit Yourself Properly: If you’re including your own previous work in a new assignment, acknowledge it appropriately.
  • Consult Your Instructor or Librarian: If you’re unsure about how to cite a source or whether your work meets academic integrity standards, don’t hesitate to seek guidance.

Resources for Understanding and Preventing Plagiarism

  • Library Guides: Explore our library guides on citing sources, avoiding plagiarism, and understanding academic integrity.
  • Workshops and Tutorials: Attend our workshops or access online tutorials to learn more about plagiarism and how to prevent it.
  • Plagiarism Detection Tools: Utilize plagiarism detection tools available through the library to check your work before submission.
  • Consultation Services: Schedule a consultation with a librarian or writing center staff member for personalized assistance with citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

Consequences of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is taken seriously in academic and professional settings and can result in severe consequences, including:

  • Academic Penalties: Such as failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from academic programs.
  • Legal Ramifications: Plagiarism can also lead to legal action, particularly in cases of copyright infringement.
  • Damage to Reputation: Plagiarism can tarnish your reputation and credibility as a student or professional.


At King Ceasor University, we encourage you to uphold academic integrity by understanding and avoiding plagiarism. By citing your sources properly and respecting the intellectual property of others, you contribute to a culture of honesty and respect in academia and beyond.