PlagiarismWhy we’re watching you… A Writing Center
Definitions of Plagiarism• The act of appropriating the literary composition of another author, or excerpts, ideas, or passages therefrom, and passing the material off as ones own creation.• Copying someone elses work and then passing it off as ones own.• A form of cheating by means of the unacknowledged, literal reproduction of ideas and material of other persons in the guise of new and original work.• The theft of ideas or of written passages or works, where these are passed off as one’s own work without acknowledgement of their true origin.• Failure to give the source of a quotation or paraphrase in which the language, thoughts, or ideas of another person are used as ones own.
Why is Everyone so Concerned?Plagiarism is EASY! With the use of the Internet inclassrooms, work offices and homes, nothing isprotected. Wrong. Everything you write is inherentlyprotected as your personally copyrighted material. If youcreate the original, it’s yours.Unfortunately, the world isn’t as nice as we’d like it to beand plagiarism is running rampant. “Copy and paste” issimpler than creating an original.
Look at the Data…• A study by The Center for Academic Integrity found that almost 80% of college students admit to cheating at least once.• According to a survey by the Psychological Record 36% of undergraduates have admitted to plagiarizing written material.• A poll conducted by US News and World Reports found that 90% of students believe that cheaters are either never caught or have never been appropriately disciplined.• A national survey published in Education Week found that 54% of students admitted to plagiarizing from the Internet.
Exploring the TemptationInstructors tend to offer seemingly contradictory information… Show you’ve done the BUT… Write something research original Improve your English by Use your own mimicking BUT… words to express what you hear your thoughts and read
Riding the FenceThe following might be considered plagiarism
Common KnowledgeIf something is common knowledge then you don’t have tocite the information…but how do you know if it’s common knowledge? The Common Knowledge ChecklistIs the same information also mentioned without citationsin at least 5 other sources?Is it information your readers will already know?Could the information be easily found in a generalreference?
Resources Check out the following resources on Plagiarism for additional information:• Plagiarism.org• Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University• Georgetown University Honor Code