“ ITT Technical Institute defines academic dishonesty as the submission of work completed by another person as your own. All ideas, words, or work from others that are included in a student’s submitted work must be identified and cited. Failure to appropriately identify the ideas, words or work of others included in a student’s work is considered academic dishonesty and violates the conduct section of the catalog.
Academic dishonesty may result in a zero on the graded activity, suspension and/or termination from one or more of the courses the student is taking, or the student’s entire program of study at the school…”
Allows you to build arguments, using other people’s work as evidence to support or disprove a point
Demonstrates a knowledge and appreciation of important work already done in the field you are writing in/about
Sources allow you to verify your own work. It shows readers how you reached your conclusions.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Plagiarism can come in many forms…
Sources cited but still plagiarized (incorrectly using Citation Style Guidelines)
Sources used but Not Cited
Idea (those not accepted as general knowledge)
Metaphor or Creative Writing Style
Your primary goal when citing a source is to allow your reader (e.g. the person who is grading/reading your paper) to be able to locate the sources of information you used.
Include enough information so that your instructor can find your sources!
To cite or not to cite? Take the Quiz: www.infolit4techstudents.pbwiki.com/Citation-Quiz
If in doubt…
Use a set of style guidelines, such as those offered by the MLA (Modern Language Association) to correctly cite your sources. This presentation offers advice on writing using MLA Style.
Steps for Avoiding Plagiarism
Integrate your research into your assignment
Pause each time you use another person’s work and give credit to the original author
Create a Works Cited page as the last page at the end of your paper or assignment
STEP 1: Integrating Outside Sources into your Work
You can integrate an outside source into your work in 3 different ways
Quoting – keeping the original quote as is, using quotation marks
Paraphrasing – restating all of the information in the original source in your own words
Summarizing – rewording or restating the main idea
STEP 2a: Pause to give credit to the original author
In MLA Style, use parenthetical , or in-text citations.
After using information from an outside source in the body of your paper or assignment, include a citation in parentheses.
In-text citations are like hyperlinks to a bibliography.
He believes, “To make the most of those skills, we need a more creative capitalism: an attempt to stretch the reach of market forces so that more companies can benefit from doing work that makes more people better off ” (Gates 41).
This is a quotation from Bill Gates in Time Magazine.
Author name unknown, journal title used instead: ( Computer Networking Today 22).
Examples used in a sentence:
He said, “To make the most of those skills, we need a more creative capitalism…” (Gates 41).
Bill Gates argues, “To make the most of those skills, we need a more creative capitalism…” (41).
In this instance, we already know who the author is, so we only need to include the page number.
After using any borrowed information, enter a single space, then the author’s last name (or the title if there is no author) and page number in parentheses.
STEP 3: Creating a Works Cited List (aka bibliography)
Put the Works Cited list on its own sheet of paper at the end of your paper
You should include all of the resources you used, regardless of whether or not you directly quoted them
Arrange the list alphabetically by author’s last name, or the title if no author is listed
Double space the list and indent any lines after the first line of the citation
Create your bibliography as you write your paper, instead of waiting until you are finished
See an example MLA Works Cited page here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/14
When citing a website, include the following information when available:
Title of the site (underlined or italicized)
Editor first name, middle initial, last name (if given)
Any electronic publication info. available, including version number, date of publication, or latest update
Name of sponsoring institution or organization
Date of individual access
Electronic address (URL)
Title of the Site . First name Middle name Last name. Electronic Publication Information. Sponsoring institution or organization. Day Month Year of access <electronic address>.
Library of Congress . U.S. Government. 31 July
Online (electronic) or Print?
Just because you found your source in the Virtual Library, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to cite it as an electronic source. Many resources are digitized from their original print publications for easier access.
Rule of Thumb:
If you are using a book , journal , magazine , or newspaper that you located using the Virtual Library , cite the source as a regular print resource.
If you are using a source that you found using a search engine (Google, Yahoo, etc.), cite the source as an electronic source.
If you are using a source available from a government website or some other sponsoring institution , association, or agency website, cite the source as an electronic source.