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ENC 1102 - Niedbalec: Avoiding Plagiarism

This guide contains information on library resources for the literature topics and research papers requires for this course.

Avoiding Plagiarism

This page covers how to recognize and avoid plagiarism. Avoiding plagiarism involves properly quoting, summarizing, paraphrasing, and citing. (Because this LibGuide is designed for classes in the subject area of English, it uses MLA style.) 

Further down this page, find links to online writing labs (OWLs), information on how to get HCC's free tutoring in person or online, and embedded videos.

Chapter on Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism: Online Resources

MLA (Modern Language Association) Handbook

Read chapter 1, "Formatting Your Research Project," and chapter 4.2-4.11, "Avoiding Plagiarism," for free here. Find FAQs at

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Avoiding Plagiarism: Videos

Bainbridge State College: "Plagiarism--How to Avoid It"
The short video below gives an easy-to-understand overview of what plagiarism is and how to use sources without plagiarizing.

Southeastern University: "How to Avoid Plagiarism in Five Easy Steps"
The short video below explains what plagiarism is and provides a five-step method to avoid it.

University of Maryland, Baltimore: "Avoiding Plagiarism"
The ten-minute video below goes into great detail and provides examples (in APA style) on how to use sources without plagiarizing.

Is this real-life plagiarism? You be the judge
The cohosts of ABC's The View talk show discuss accusations of plagiarism against Melania Trump after her 2016 Republican National Convention speech. Do you want your readers to have this attitude about what you write?