The UVic Writer's Guide

What To Do If You Have An Idea, Then Find It In Print

Carry on, and congratulate yourself on finding a supporter. Your approach will never be precisely the same as the writer who has so irritatingly come up with the same idea, so you can stress the differences and acknowledge the other writer appropriately in your citations. Failure to do so constitutes a form of plagiarism, even if you honestly arrived at your conclusions independently.

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