CHANELLA CUBBINSJune 2011IDENTIFYING AND AVOIDING PLAGIARISM
PLAGIARISM DEFINED Plagiarism may be defined as “taking the work of someone else and pretending it is our own. (The Oxford Reference Dictionary) According to Websters Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language plagiarism is “the unauthorised use of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own”
WHAT’S WRONG WITH PLAGIARISING? Plagiarising is a from of cheating. Representing another writer’s ideas or words as your own is wrong.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS –ANSWERS THAT WORK Is copying entirely wrong? What can I copy? How much can I copy? How can students avoid plagiarism?
FOR EXMPLE When asked to write an essay on, “Pollution” if I log on to the internet and copy an essay written by someone else. All I do is add my name. Is that plagiarism?
HOWEVER If I long on to the internet and look up three or four different essays, take a little from each, make sure to cite the source in each case and add some of my own writing would it still be plagiarism?
IS THIS PLAGIARISM? When doing an assignment on Toyota Cars if I were to Google the emblem given below on the internet and use it, would that be considered plagiarism?
FIX THE PROBLEM Yes it is and it is wrong to plagiarize. To fix this add the source that the picture was taken from. Logo from: http://www.stockwatch.in/us-reviewing-more-complaints-against-toyota-24881
HOW TO AVOID PLAGIARISM? Document all sources There are many ways to do this such as: Use footnotes, Endnotes or Parenthetical References Write a Bibliography, References or Works Cited Page at the end of your assignment to list the sources that you used.
DO YOUR OWN WORK! Do not attempt to: Get someone else to write your paper for you (your teacher probably knows your style and what you are capable of) Download one off the internet Purchase instant essays made available on the internet
REASONS NOT TO PLAGIARIZE It is unfair to the true author/owner/creator It doesn’t help you learn anything It doesn’t help your credibility/reputation Teachers want to know what YOU are truly capable of
MY PRESENTATION To prepare this presentation I Googled: NC Wesleyan College Pearsall Library (PPT) http://www.aresearchguide.com/6plagiar.html http://www.englishclub.com/writing/plagiarism .htm (So there – I haven’t plagiarized )
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