Synthesis: Using the work of others

A guide to avoiding plagiarism and academic dishonesty presented by the University of Maine at Farmington Writing Center with the support of Mantor Library

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the presentation of words, ideas, images, or creative works without giving proper credit to their originators. It is an academic crime—even when plagiarism is unintentional.

College writing involves synthesizing information from multiple sources, and that can lead to plagiarism. Students must develop habits of mind that enable them to distinguish their own thoughts from those of the creators of what they read and view. College students also must learn to work collaboratively without accepting too much help from each other or other sources. Plagiarism interferes with learning.

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