As the semester comes to a close, many students feel pressed for time and are overwhelmed by exam preparation and writing their final projects or essays. In students’ frenzy of writing those last essays, the writers may fail to cite sources or may cite them improperly. Doing this, however, may be grounds for being accused of plagiarism. Plagiarism is not defined by intent, so students may commit plagiarism out of sloppiness rather than an attempt to cheat.
If you have any questions about proper citation practices, take a few moments to review an online resource from the Duke Library webpage. Additionally, the Writing Studio has multiple handouts about working with sources that you may find helpful.