Self-plagiarism is taken seriously
throughout the academic community. If you would like to quote yourself,
simply cite yourself as you would any other source. The University of
Arizona created a tool to detect self-plagiarism, explaining:
It is our belief that self-plagiarism is
detrimental to scientific progress and bad for our academic community.
Flooding conferences and journals with near-identical papers makes
searching for information relevant to a particular topic harder than it
has to be. It also rewards those authors who are able to break down
their results into overlapping least-publishable-units over
those who publish each result only once. Finally, whenever a
self-plagiarized paper is allowed to be published, another, more
deserving paper, is not.
You might argue, as a student, that
this does not apply to you because you are not seeking publication.
However, at DePaul, we strive to uphold high academic standards worthy
of entering the conversation at the professional level. You can also
think of it in terms of earning two grades for one work – this is simply
So, while you can cite yourself, you
should do so in the same way you would any other researcher. Using
quotations of evidence for your argument, and make sure your overall
argument is striving to contribute new information to the field.