Plagiarism Presentation (Edited by Bryna Cannon, 7 24-12)
PlagiarismWhat it is and how to avoid it
So, what is plagiarism? The UCF Office of Student Conduct defines it as: “Whereby another’s work is used or appropriated without any indication of the source, thereby attempting to convey the impression that such work is the student’s own. Any student failing to properly credit ideas or materials from another is plagiarizing.”
What does plagiarism look like? Using a quote (even if it is in quotation marks) without a proper citation (for example: Hoffer 13) The only exception is when you use the author’s name in the text - but you still must use a page number!
What does plagiarism look like? Using the author’s exact words without quotation marks, even if there is an in- text citation. For example, if the author’s words are: “Abraham Lincoln was a man of many words and exemplary character” and the student writes: “Abraham Lincoln had exemplary character” then the last two words must be in quotation marks! This is not well-known information. The author has worked hard to prove this statement.
What does plagiarism look like? Summarizing an author’s arguments, main points, or description without an in-text citation.
What does plagiarism look like? Giving a specific fact that is not well- known without a citation. For example, you can safely say that the world is round. You cannot safely say that the people in 1492 believed the world was round without citing a source. Rule of thumb: Cite everything except transitional sentences!
What does plagiarism look like? You can also self-plagiarize or plagiarize with a classmate. This involves copying off work that has been done previously or is being completed for the same project
Why is plagiarism a big deal? Especially in history, the stealing of ideas is huge. We have very little except for our ideas and writings. It keeps the teacher from being able to grade your work fully - since it is not your work. There are no “gimmies” in college. If you are planning on attending college, you will have to turn your papers in to an internet search website. If your paper comes up plagiarized, you will not get a second chance. You will definitely receive a “0” in the class, and will probably be expelled with a mark on your record. Plagiarism is stealing!!!