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Columbia College Hollywood: Writing Lab

Writing Lab


What is Plagiarism?  

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

Want to learn more and how to avoid it?  Visit:

Grammar Practice

Having difficulties with the following?

  • Comma Splices
  • Fragments
  • Commas
  • Irregular Verbs
  • Apostrophes
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Subject Agreement

Visit - This website allows you to print out handouts and do online exercises to workout those grammar muscles!




Online Writing Resources

For exercises, templates, improving basic writing skills, research methodology, essay structure, MLA and APA citation guides, help avoiding plagiarism, and much more, visit the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue:


Research and Citation Resources

MLA Style Guide

APA Style Guide

Creating a Thesis Statement



Avoiding Plagiarism