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Mechanical Engineering: Avoiding Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using the work of others and pretending it is your own.  The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines plagiarizing as "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own" (emphasis mine).

It is plagiarism if you copy someone else's words without giving them credit.

It is plagiarism if you make only light cosmetic changes to someone else's words, such as using a synonym.

A Serious Issue

Your professors want to see your work--not someone else's.  This is your grade, so it needs to be your work. 

With Serious Consequences

At the very least you will not recieve credit for the work you turned in if it contained plagiarism.  If your plagiarism is severe and/or you do it multiple times you can be expelled from the university. 

How to avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism Check

Websites (programs and softwares) used by many Educational Institutions for plagiarism check:


WriteCheck by Turnitin


List of some websites that offer free plagiarism detection:

BibMe Plagiarism Checker




Plagiarism Checker by EduBirdie

Plagiarism Checker



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