This page gives you some additional information about maintaining good records of the research materials you are using and making responsible use of those materials.
It's important to keep track of the materials that you find. There are a few ways to do this, like emailing yourself the records from the database where you found them.
Another option is to use a tool called RefWorks to build yourself your own database of materials. RefWorks keeps your stuff safe, helps you stay organized, and will even output a formatted bibliography for you.
If you are prompted for the NYU RefWorks Group Code, enter: RWNewYorkU. The code is case sensitive, so enter it exactly as it appears.
When writing academic papers, it is critical that you be able to distinguish between your own ideas and the insights of others. This page is intended to provide you with a clear understanding of what plagiarism is but it will also provide you with some ideas that will help you to organize your thinking and avoid the problems that might lead one to committ plagiarism.
Simply put, plagiarism is theft. When one suggests the ideas of another as one's own -- whether intentionally or unintentionally -- it is a form of literary or academic stealing. In order to avoid plagiarism you must properly cite the ideas of other thinkers.
Here is a tutorial from our colleagues at Vaughan Memorial Library that will help explain plagiarism in greater detail.