How do you properly plagiarize

Avoid plagiarism - It's that easy!

Published on January 8th, 2015 by Priska Flandorfer. Updated October 20, 2020.

You avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing and quoting correctly and by listing all sources used in the bibliography.

Note, however, that you need to avoid other types of plagiarism:

  • Do not commit full plagiarism by claiming a scientific paper as your own without citing it.
  • Do not commit plagiarism of ideas by stealing the idea of ​​a scientific paper without citing the source.
  • Don't pay someone else to write your thesis.
  • You may not commit self-plagiarism by submitting an academic paper that you have already written as a new thesis.

Avoid plagiarism in 3 steps

We will now explain to you in 3 steps using an example how to avoid plagiarism by citing the source.

  1. Avoid plagiarism when paraphrasing
  2. Avoid plagiarism when quoting
  3. Avoid plagiarism in the bibliography

First step to avoid plagiarism: Paraphrase

When paraphrasing, the text of the original source is summarized in one's own words and the source is given.

From this original source a paraphrase could look like this: