What is plagiarism?
To plagiarize, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is:
- 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
Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas as if they were your own.
Anytime you quote, summarize or paraphrase, you must acknowledge the original source.
Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism
- from Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Services.Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
- from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
-QUOTING a source is quoting exactly, word for word. You must give credit to the author.
-PARAPHRASING is putting an author's work into your own words. Although the information is in your own words, it is still the original author's work. You have merely rephrased it!
-SUMMARIZING is writing out the main points of someone else's work in your own words. Once again, this is not information which you have created, therefore it is to be cited.
Why shouldn't you plagiarize?
First and foremost, engaging in an act of plagiarism robs you of valuable educational experiences, limiting your growth as a writer and bringing in to question your integrity. Secondly, in plagiarizing, you fail to give credit to the hard work of other researchers by passing it off as your own. Furthermore, it is against the rules set out in the Student Code of Conduct
and has serious consequences. The Academic Integrity Policy, section XXV, outlines the consequences of academic integrity violations such as plagiarizing:
- a failing grade for either the assignment or the course, based on the professor's policy
- an early warning reported to the Coordinator of Academic Advising, resulting in the creation of a file for the student
- suspension or expulsion from the college, following more than one documented case
What is Academic Integrity? from UC Davis
Academic Honesty Quiz from the University of Manitoba
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