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  1. 1. PLAGIARISM What is it? Why is it important to me? How can I avoid it? (Or, did my third grade teacher lie to me?) References for more information.Presentation by Joyce A. Brannan, Technical Services Librarian, Julia Tutwiler Library, University of WestAlabama, Livingston, Alabama.[Yes, I checked. It is legal for me to use this. es] 1
  2. 2. The simplest definition of plagiarism: PoliticsNJ, The Pulblis Group, Hoboken, NJ. 2
  3. 3. According to the Merriam-Webster OnlineDictionary (, to plagiarizemeans:“transitive senses : to steal and pass off (the ideasor words of another) as ones own : use (anothersproduction) without crediting the sourceintransitive senses : to commit literary theft :present as new and original an idea or productderived from an existing source” 3
  4. 4. Did You Know? The word plagiarism comes fromthe Latin plagiarius meaning "kidnapper"San Jose State University, Plagiarism Tutorial, 4
  5. 5. Why is plagiarism important? Who really cares?Plagiarism is theft of intellectual property.Plagiarism is cheating.Plagiarism may result in receiving an ‘F’ or zero for theassignment. In some instances, the case may be broughtbefore the Student Life Committee for disciplinary action.(see the UWA Tiger Paw Student Handbook, “Academic Dishonesty,” 5
  6. 6. Eastern Kentucky University, From Todays Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen, 6
  7. 7. Possibly the most important reason to notplagiarize is that it robs you of the educationalexperiences involved in research, thinking, andwriting. One of the main purposes of highereducation is to learn to do research, to helpexpand thought processes, to improve writingskills, and to learn to prepare presentations.Taking credit for someone else’s work hurts youmost of all. 7
  8. 8. Some of the things that you think you know aboutplagiarism may be wrong. Carnegie Mellon University, Enhancing Education, “Plagiarism and the Web.” . 8
  9. 9. Alive or dead, it does not matter. If it is not your own idea, you must cite your source!! 9
  10. 10. Falan Dafa, English version of, you translate or paraphrase something, you must stillgive a citation. 10
  11. 11. You may have been told that if you put something intoyour own words, you need not cite. This is incorrect. Thematerial is still someone else’s idea and requiresacknowledgement. Paraphrasing requires a citation. 11
  12. 12. Do you know how to paraphrase correctly?Paraphrasing is more than simply rewording theoriginal material!It must be almost entirely in your own words. You mustuse new synonyms and new phrases. Only technicalterms should be repeated.Any exact words that are retained should have quotationmarks around them.The sentence structure should be yours, not the same asin the source.Do not add ideas, interpretations, explanations, orassessments. 12
  13. 13. Examples:Source:Unless steps are taken to provide a predictable and stableenergy supply in the face of growing demand, the nationmay be in danger of sudden power losses or even extendedblackouts, thus damaging our industrial and information-based economies. – John Doe, 1999, p.231.Inadequate paraphrase:Doe (1999) recommends that the government take action toprovide a predictable and stable energy supply because ofconstantly growing demand. Otherwise, we may be indanger of losing power or even experiencing extendedblackouts. These circumstances could damage ourindustrial and information-based economy. (p.231). 13
  14. 14. The inadequate paraphrase is guilty of plagiarism eventhough the material is cited correctly. The writer hasused too many word-for-word phases from the source.Also, the order of the ideas is unchanged from the source.Compare the following correct paraphrase:Doe (1999) believes that we must find a more reliablesource of energy if we are to have a dependable electricitysupply. Without this, the nation’s economic base may bedamaged by blackouts (p.231).Using Sources Effectively: Strengthening Your Writing and Avoiding Plagiarism. Robert A.Harris. Los Angeles, California: Pyrczak Publishers, 2002. 14
  15. 15. Quotations should be used sparingly. They must be exact,word-for-word as they appear in the original document.Quotes require a citation in addition to the use of quotemarks.Every quoted word needs to be cited. Even a short phrase orsingle word must be quoted and cited if it is unusual.“pretzeled logic”“clandestine coup”Using Sources Effectively: Strengthening Your Writing and Avoiding Plagiarism. Robert A. Harris. LosAngeles, California: Pyrczak Publishers, 2002. 15
  16. 16. Quotations must be attributed to the original author and thesource that you used.For example:If you use the phrase, “Fourscore and twenty years ago, ourforefathers . . .” you must give credit to Abraham Lincolnand the book in which he is quoted.Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address. In Lincoln atGettysburg: the Words that Remade America, Garry Wills.New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992. 16
  17. 17. The Plagiarism Handbook by Roger A. Harris, 17
  18. 18. Sorry, you cannot use someone else’s paper, artwork, or presentation without proper citation even ifhe gave you permission. (Of course, your instructormay not want someone else’s paper as your workeven with proper citation!)You may even have to cite yourself. If you created awork for a previous paper or presentation, and youare using it again, you must cite your previous work.Did you notice that ‘roommate’ is spelled incorrectlyon the previous slide? 18
  19. 19. What about all that “free” stuff people put on the web? Canyou use that? Kraft Foods, No. Free means economically free, you do not have to pay for it. The “free” stuff has a specific use and can only be used free for the intended use. If you use the words, graphics, or ideas, you must give a citation. 19
  20. 20. There are many sites that will sell you an essay or term paper.Presenting this material as your own is plagiarism. Some ofthe papers for sale sites do have disclaimers saying that youmust cite their work. REMEMBER, IF YOU CAN FIND IT, SO CAN YOUR PROFESSOR! Essays on D. H. Lawrence, 20
  21. 21. Peter’s Progress, Cliff and Jeanie Peters 21
  22. 22. Is the Reverend incorrect? Did he plagiarize?Probably not.If he said, “According to the Bible . . .,” then he did notplagiarize.However, if he claimed the words as his own, he did plagiarize.However, he would not be guilty of a copyright violation. 22
  23. 23. Don’t confuse copyright violation with plagiarism.Copyright law is very complex. Under the terms of“Fair Use,” you may use quotes and ideas for yourclass work without getting permission of the authors IFyou give proper citations. If you are writing or creatingfor profit, you must get permission from others to usetheir ideas even if you use citations. 23
  24. 24. The lectures by our professors are protected by copyright laws. If you use their ideas, you must give them credit. To not do so is plagiarism!“Plagiarism and Cheating,” skills4study, Palgrave, Macmillan. 24
  25. 25. Sometime in elementary school you may have been told thatif your information comes from an encyclopedia or adictionary it is common knowledge and does not need to becited. That is a MAYBE. What is common knowledge? 25
  26. 26. Common knowledge consists of:•Information that is easily observed – the sky is blue, butnot a detailed explanation of why the sky is blue.•Commonly reported facts – George Washington was thefirst president of the United States, but not the informationthat historians have to say about Washington.•Common sayings such as proverbs – “Waste not, wantnot;” “Look before you leap.”Common knowledge does not need to be cited,but be sure that what you are using really iscommon knowledge. When in doubt ask eitheryour instructor or a librarian. 26
  27. 27. HOW TO CITEAlways ask your professor what citation style you shoulduse!The three most commonly used citation styles at TheUniversity of West Alabama are MLA, APA, and Turabian.There are other styles that may be used in science, music,medicine, and law. 27
  28. 28. APA, The American Psychological Association. This style iscommonly used in the fields of education, psychology, andsociology.MLA, The Modern Language Association. This style iscommonly used in the fields of language and literature.“Turabian” is actually the last name of Kate Turabian, thewoman responsible for the shortened version of the morecomplex Chicago Manual of Style. This style is used by thehistory department.The Julia Tutwiler Library has the most current editions of thesethree style manuals in the reference section. Helps are alsoavailable online from the library home page – select help, thenwriting. 28
  30. 30. FOR MORE INFORMATION:The Copyright Crash Course, by Georgia K. Harper, 2001,University of Texas at Austin, site explains copyright and fair use in easy to understandlanguage.Online! A reference guide to using Internet sources, by AndrewHarnock and Eugene Kleppinger, 2003, This siteincludes links to many citation styles.OWL, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University, “Research andDocumenting Sources,” This sitecontains explanations and examples of many aspects of writing apaper. 30
  31. 31. “Plagiarism Sites,” English Department, Jacksonville StateUniversity, Alabama, A compiledlist of sites dealing with plagiarism.“Plagiarism in the News,” Bridgewater College Online WritingLab, Bridgewater, Virginia, A discussion of recent legal cases involving plagiarism.This presentation has been prepared by Joyce A. Brannan, Julia Tutwiler Library, University ofWest Alabama, Livingston, Alabama, 35470. 2004.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. 31