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Plagiarism Vocabulary

abbreviateprovide the short form of a word; e.g. "Oct." = October
accidentalnot on purpose; by mistake
acknowledgerecognize or thank someone by name
alignline-up a section of text (or image) with one side of a page or margin
alphabeticalsorting style that uses the alphabet; words starting with "A" go first
bibliographya detailed list of research sources used
cheatto disobey a rule in order to win or look good
citationa line of text that details one reference material
citeprovide information about a reference material
common knowledgeinformation that is known by much of the public
copyto reproduce an original work
copyrightgives the author or creator the rights related to selling, publishing, and distributing creative work
credit (noun or verb)acknowledgment (to acknowledge) of the original creator
direct quotesexact wording from an outside source; placed in quotation marks with appropriate citation
flaggedadded to a list of those who have broken rules in the past
illegal not allowed by law
indenta blank section (usually five spaces) before a line of text or new paragraph
intellectual propertycreative work that a person completes such as writing, photography, drawing
intentionalon purpose; not accidental
MLAModern Language Association; a common style guide
ndno date; used in a citation when no date is available
npno page; used in a citation when no page is available
paraphraseput research into your own words
plagiarism (noun)
plagiarize (verb)
illegally copying someone else's work and presenting it as your own
postpublish something on the Internet
quotationline(s) of text copied from another source and placed inside quotation marks ("-")
referencessources such as books or articles that a person checks or uses during the research stage
reputationthe view or impression the audience or public has of someone/something
rule of thumba good or common standard to follow
source (noun and verb)the place you found the content
stealto take or use something without permission
style manuala guide that provides proper formatting for citations
unintentionalnot on purpose; accidental
violationthe breaking (not following) of terms, conditions, or the law
Works Citeda page at the end of an academic work that details the research sources used

(EnglishClub.com consulted the following pages while creating this resource.)

  • Delaney, Robert. "MLA Citation Style." Long Island University. C.W.Post Campus. 15 Nov. 2007. 20 May 2009. <http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citmla.htm>

  • Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Online Writing Lab at Purdue. 12 May 2009 <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/>

  • "Plagiarism." Handouts and Links. UNC Writing Center. 8 August 2008. 15 May 2009 <http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/plagiarism.html>

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