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Biology: Avoiding Plagiarism

Resources for biological sciences

What is Plagiarism

Definition: ˜Plagiarism is the act of presenting the words, ideas, images, sounds, or the creative expression of others as your own. This definition applies to texts published in print or on-line, manuscripts, and the work of other writers

For more details on how to avoid plagiarism, watch this video from Bainbridge College:Plagiarism: How to Avoid It. YouTube. Bainbridge State College, 10 Jan. 2010. Web.  <>.

Me plagiarize

From the Hartness Library in Vermont:

Check out this plagiarism video

Quick Guide to Plagiarism. A SEA DEVIL TV Production. Cape Fear Community College, 25 Aug. 2009. Web. 19 Mar. 2014.

Grammar Bytes Presents: Plagiarism

How to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Get a head start on your research, do not wait!
  • Use effective search strategies
  • Read and understand the resources you find
    • If you aren't finding useful information, get help!
  • Keep track of all the resources you use
    • Helps organize them for the bibliography
    • Use Easy Bib to organize your sources & links
  • Read the resources carefully and keep notes
  • Be a college-level writer
    • Use quotations around direct quotes (cite them!)
    • Paraphrase others' words (cite them!)
  • Get help if you feel lost!

Useful Plagiarism Tutorial

From the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Libraries Plagiarism Tutorial,  a 4-part tutorial that is very useful to determine when one might be "plagiarizing" from someone else's work. Includes little quizzes along the way.

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Easy Bib

Plug in your information and EasyBib provides either the MLA and APA formatting. Register as a user first, then your citation and source organization problems are solved.

  1. First time users: Register with EasyBib (top right corner)
  2. Returning users: Login to your EasyBib account (top right corner)

Helpful Tools

The best time to receive feedback is before you turn your assignment in. Paperrater will check grammar, spelling and even plagiarism! sign up on their website:

Research Calculator - how much time do you neeed?

Click the Fresno State icon

This valuable time management tool can help calculate the amount of time needed to complete a research project. Shared  by Monica Fusich of the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno