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HSS4-B Radicals and Liberals in Political Economy

Avoiding Plagiarism

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

The best way to avoid an accusation of plagiarism is to carefully cite your sources. The Harvard Guide to Using Sources provides useful tips on how to integrate and properly cite your sources to avoid plagiarism. 


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