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To plagiarize is to treat another person's opinions, words, or ideas as if they are your own.  Plagiarism is not limited to simply copying another person's work; it can also include using another person's ideas or research findings in your work without giving proper credit.  It is important to educate yourself on all types of plagiarism, for both academic and professional success. 

The guide below, provided by Indiana University at Bloomington, outlines the different types of plagiarism most common in colleges and universities, and discusses how it can be avoided.


Copyright law is intended to protect the rights of creators of intellectual works.  Unlike plagiarism, crediting others for their work is not sufficient to comply with copyright law.  Some uses of copyrighted works, however, fall under something called "fair use,"  a provision that seeks to protect the rights of those who wish to use works created by others.

Below are a couple of resources that may help you decide if your use of a copyrighted work could be considered a Fair Use.

RSU Writing Center

The librarians at RSU are here to help you find the best resources for your assignments. However, if you need help writing your papers, the RSU Writing Center should be your first stop. The Writing Center is staffed by tutors who can answer questions and provide valuable feedback on your written assignments.

The Writing Center is located in Baird Hall, Room 206, and includes satellite locations in Bartlesville and Pryor. To learn more about how the RSU Writing Center can help you, visit their website.