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SHP Student Research Guide

This Guide is designed to serve the research needs of students enrolled in programs at the School of Health Professions (SHP).

Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

  • Taking a person’s ideas or words and presenting them as one’s own.
  • Using information without crediting the source.
  • Presenting a new or original product derived from an existing source. 

Plagiarism. Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute. Accessed on August 15, 2022.

How do I avoid plagiarism?

  • Take careful notes when you listen or read
  • Cite your writing using in-text citations in the body of a paper and references listed at the end of a paper
  • Consult professional style guides for help in properly citing your work (see the Writing & Citing page in this Guide)
  • Ask this question: Did this idea or information originate from my brain?  If the answer is No, cite the information! 

Plagiarism. The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Accessed on August, 15, 2022.

The Library provides access to iThenticate, a plagiarism detection tool.  Learn how-to get access here   

Plagiarism Help

When to Cite (and avoid plagiarizing)

Ideas & Words
  • Someone else's words
  • Someone else's idea
  • Your interpretation of someone else's idea
  • Your reaction to someone else's idea
  • Factual statements/claims

Quoting & Paraphrasing

  • Quotations should be used sparingly
  • Quotations must be identical to the original work
  • Quotations must be attributed to the original author
  • Paraphrases must be cited
  • Using synonyms is not paraphrasing, it's plagiarism

Understanding Copyright

What is Copyright?

“Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. In copyright law, there are a lot of different types of works…”




Blog posts



Sound recordings

Architectural works

Computer programs


Books (eBooks, too)

And more!









What is Copyright? U.S. Copyright Office. Accessed August 15, 2022.

Copyright Help

How can I use copyrighted works responsibly?

  • Get permission
  • Buy or license the work
  • Use Copyright Act exceptions and limitations
  • Public Domain
  • Use materials with copyright licenses that allow for reuse (see table)

Find images with licenses that allow for reuse or find images that are free to reuse.

Copyright Notice Image Search Tools Free Collections
Creative Commons Licenses Creative Commons Image Search MS Office Stock Photos
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