Geography/Geology 455 Remote Sensing Fall 2009 Linda Blake, Science Librarian [email_address] Downtown Campus Library, Rm. 1004H Library Guide: http://libguides.wvu.edu/remotesensing
Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Avoid It
What is Plagiarism?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary Online :
1. The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft.
WVU’s Definition of Plagiarism
The following definitions are from the West Virginia University Undergraduate Catalog .
Plagiarism : material that has been knowingly obtained or copied in whole or in part, from the work of others. . ., including (but not limited to) another individual's academic composition.
WVU’s Definition of Cheating
Cheating : doing academic work for another student, or providing one's own work for another student to copy and submit as his/ her own. Scholastic dishonesty involves misrepresenting as your own work any part of work done by another.
What is Not Plagiarism
Your original words.
Your original ideas.
WVU’s Penalty for Plagiarism and Cheating
Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses.
Clear cases can result in an F for the course and appropriate academic discipline.
Improper or incomplete citation can be considered plagiarism
Citation and Plagiarism
Plagiarism is not only representing someone else's writing as your own, but it is also failing to provide appropriate citations.
When you don't provide the appropriate documentation, you are representing someone else's ideas, research, thoughts, etc. as your own.
Most cases of plagiarism arise because of poor citing and referencing . ("Preventing Plagiarism." World News Digest . Facts On File News Services. 11 Aug. 2009 http://www.2facts.com )
How to Avoid Plagiarism
Whenever you use someone else's thoughts or ideas (even if you put these thoughts or ideas in your own words) or want to directly quote an author, you must provide attribution through citations to avoid plagiarism .
When to cite?
You must cite the source when you
summarize or paraphrase someone else's thoughts or ideas
include information which is not common knowledge
directly quote someone else's words
To use the exact wording found in a source.
In the sciences, direct quotes are discouraged.
To describe another's argument in your own words.
Summaries are about 1/3 to 1/2 the length of the original.
To put another's thoughts or ideas into your own words.
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A fact that “everyone” knows and which is referenced in multiple sources.
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Not So Common Knowledge
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