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What is Plagiarism and How Do I Avoid it?

In this video, I will explain plagiarism and how to avoid it! I will go through every example of plagiarism that I have seen as a teacher. Also, I feel like there are certain ideas NO ONE is talking about when it comes to plagiarism so I will cover that in this video.

My hope is that at the end of the day, this will be the last video you will need to watch on plagiarism and will be able to cite your sources and give credit to the author in your work! Some of the sources I used in my research:


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  • 0:00 We Need a Serious Chat
  • 0:45 What is Plagiarism
  • 1:16 This is NOT Plagiarism
  • 2:00 Top 3 Reasons to Avoid Plagiarism
  • 3:58 Every Type of Plagiarism EXPLAINED
  • 5:35 Most COMMON Form of Plagiarism
  • 5:56 Best Analogy to Explain Plagiarism
  • 6:26 How to AVOID Plagiarism
Tommy Messinger
For the past seven years, I have taught at a Charter school in San Diego that serves a 60% refugee and immigrant population. I have had the opportunity to teach everything from Honors Social Science subjects, Android app development, remedial literacy and AVID to running an after school robotics and basketball program, operate as testing coordinator, and serve on our school’s leadership team. I recently finished my M.S.E in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Education at Kansas University.