There is an important difference between intentionally seeking to deceive when plagiarizing and unintentionally plagiarizing. Because writing can be a collaborative or cooperative act, inexperienced writers can be confused about the difference between collaboration and plagiarism, and inexperienced writers can sometimes submit work that has plagiarized passages without the intent to deceive. Two important rules should be followed to avoid unintentional plagiarism:

  • Any help that you receive from another person, or an idea or a plan from someone else, must be acknowledged. In the case of working with a tutor, consult your course instructor about your responsibility for acknowledging that person’s aid.
  • If you have any questions or doubts about that difference between what you are required to acknowledge and what you need not acknowledge, talk to your instructor.