Preventing Plagiarism: Why is academic integrity such a big deal anyway? Prepared by Laurie LeFever, LMS Frazer School
Listen to this. Does it sound familiar?
Guess what? I wrote it! Really!
You don’t believe me, do you?
Actually, as you all probably already know, the song “Lonely” belongs to Akon, therefore, it would be outrageous for me to take credit for it!
But you already knew that. Well, guess what?
The same rules apply to information you find when you collect information and write a paper!
Have you ever…
Copied the ideas of another word for word without quoting or citing the source?
Received help on a paper that you wouldn’t want your teacher to find out about?
Turned in a paper written by someone else?
Taken credit for something that was created by someone else?
Then you have plagiarized!
What is plagiarism?
The act of presenting others’:
… as your own.
In essence, you are stealing the property of another.
2 Types of Plagiarism:
Copying a classmate’s work
Cutting/Pasting large amounts of text from digital resources without giving credit to author
Borrowing music, image, etc. files without giving credit
Publishing something on the web without the permission of the creator(s)
Failure to use your own ideas and words
I won’t get caught…
My teachers expect too much. Everyone does it! I have to get an A for… I need this grade to pass…
It’s a risky business:
Zero on assignment
College entry denial or expulsion
Is there anything I don’t have to cite?
YES! You don’t have worry about:
Your own original ideas and…
Widely known facts and information, such as:
George Washington was our first president.
Christmas is on December 25 th each year.
George W. Bush is our current president.
O.C.C. stands for Onondaga Community College.
How do I maintain my academic integrity?
Use quotation marks:
When using the exact words of an author, use quotation marks and in-text citation to give the author credit.
Re-write the author’s ideas in your own words. Use in-text citation to give the author credit for the ideas.
Put the main idea in your own words. Use in-text citation to give credit to the author.
Create a note-taking strategy and use it.
Document your sources of information.
Taking notes Response: my thoughts, ideas opinions about this information Notes: Key Ideas, Facts, Data, Important Quotations, etc. Main Idea Source of Info: Author, Title, Publisher, Date, URL, pages, etc. Date
How do I document my sources?
MLA, APA, Footnotes, Endnotes…
There is a great site that will help you put together your in-text citations and works cited page. It can be found at:
Landmarks Citation Machine
Also, using the notes template will really help you gather the information you will need to maintain your academic integrity by giving creators the credit they deserve!