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Plagiarism Basics

This guide explains plagiarism and gives some tips on how to avoid it.


This guide is intended to answer some common questions about plagiarism and provide information about avoiding plagiarism.

It is based on the "Avoiding Plagiarism" guide created by Irene Ke and Loretta Wallace, librarians at the University of Houston Libraries and is used with permission.

Librarians, Writing Center staff, and USNA faculty are always here to answer your questions.

USNA Honor Concept

Plagiarism and other forms of cheating and lying are prohibited by the Honor Concept of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  Those in violation of the Honor Concept face punishments ranging from counseling to failing classes or even dismissal from the Academy.