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Avoiding Plagiarism

Need help avoiding plagiarism? Learn what plagiarism is, common plagiarism issues, and tutorials to help you avoid plagiarizing!

Plagiarism's Only an Issue in School, Right?

Plagiarism happens in class AND in the real world. For example:

Andrew Wakefield

Dr. Wakefield published a highly controversial article in a 1995 issue of The Lancet linking the MMR vaccine to autism. He was found guilty of research dishonesty, had publications related to the scandal retracted by the journals, and barred from practicing medicine by the UK General Medicine Council.

Dr. Eric Poehlman

Dr. Poehlman falsified years' worth of scientific study data, had it published, and was then discovered. He was criminally prosecuted and may no longer receive public grant money to do research. 

Dr. Haruko Obokata

Dr. Obokata prestigious career ended and her mentor, Yoshiki Sasai committed suicide in Aug. 2014. 

Kaavya Viswanathan

Ms. Viswanathan was found to have plagiarized Megan McCafferty. Her young adult novel, "How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life" was recalled by the publisher. Her book contract was also canceled.