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Avoiding Plagiarism: Home

This guide was created to explain plagiarism and also provide useful tips on how to avoid plagiarism.

For Faculty:TurnItin

The Instructional Technologies Support Department provides access and support for TurnItin, a plagiarism detection service, for Texas State University faculty.

Citation Management

Refworks is a citation management tool that enables you to:     

  • Organize your research Include citations while you write your paper
  • Build a bibliography in a variety of formats
  • Import references from library databases and Google Scholar.

Workshops are also available

Getting more help...

If you have specific questions about citing your sources, writing tips, or help with editing, you can go to the following places on campus for more assistance.


Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

Get in-person tutoring at the Student Learning Assistance Center, or SLAC, located on the 4th floor of Alkek Library. Check the website for hours and availability. SLAC also maintains a good handout page for quick reference.

Texas State University Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of ASB North. You can get help with all types of writing, including papers, essays, and resumes. The Writing Center  offers in-person and online tutoring (check their website for more information).  Round Rock patrons can seek assistance from the Round Rock Writing CenterThe Writing Center also offers survival guide workshops for APA, Chicago/Turabian, and MLA citation styles.

Plagiarism (an original song by James Konopasek) from YouTube

From YouTube.  James Konopasek, a criminal justice professor and doctoral student, sings an original song he composed inspired by his experience of being a victim of plagiarism.  (used with permission from James Konopasek)

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