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Avoiding Plagiarism: Home

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

Print Style Manuals in the Library

Print copies of the APA, MLA, and Turabian style manuals are kept at the Alkek Library Reference Desk on the 2nd floor  for quick reference. 

You can also search the Library Catalog for available copies to check out.

Using a Citation Manager

Consider using a citation manager instead of typing bibliographies and in-line citations by hand.  It will save you time.

RefWorks is a citation manager available to the campus community via the Library website that lets you:

  • export citation information from databases
  • import information from other sources
  • organize and generate works cited pages and bibliographies in a variety of styles.

The Library also has classes throughout the semester on using RefWorks.

For Faculty:TurnItin

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

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 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). You can also print out documentation handouts. Round Rock patrons can seek assistance from the Round Rock Writing Center.

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)

We'd like to thank James for granting us permission to post his video. Thank you very much, we do appreciate it. :)

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