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  • 1. Preventing Plagiarism: Why is academic integrity such a big deal anyway? Prepared by Laurie LeFever, LMS Frazer School
  • 2. 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!
  • 3. 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!
  • 4. What is plagiarism?
    • The act of presenting others’:
      • Words
      • Ideas
      • Images
      • Sounds
      • Creative expressions
            • … as your own.
    • In essence, you are stealing the property of another.
  • 5. 2 Types of Plagiarism:
    • Intentional
      • Copying a classmate’s work
      • Buying/borrowing papers
      • 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)
    • Unintentional
      • Careless paraphrasing
      • Poor citation/documentation
      • Excessive quotation
      • Failure to use your own ideas and words
  • 6. Excuses
    • 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…
  • 7. It’s a risky business:
    • School Consequences:
    • Zero on assignment
    • Possible referral
    • Wasted time
    • Class failure
    • Parent contact
    • Assignment re-do?
    • Real-World Consequences:
    • Job termination
    • College entry denial or expulsion
    • Legal Action
      • Copyright infringement
      • Lawsuit
      • Fines
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. 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.
    • Paraphrase:
    • Re-write the author’s ideas in your own words. Use in-text citation to give the author credit for the ideas.
    • Summarize:
    • 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.
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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!
  • 12. Credits
    • Akon. “Lonely.” Trouble . Universal Records, 2004.
    • Lewis, Rachel. "What is plagiarism?." Library Media Center. Skaneateles High School, Skaneateles. 2005.
    • McKenzie, Jamie. Beyond Technology: Questioning, Research and the Information Literate School . Bellingham: FNO Press, 2000.
    • Microsoft Clipart.
    • Warlick, David. "Landmarks Citation Machine." Landmarks Citation Machine . 2004. The Landmark Project. 19 Jul. 2005 http:// /) .