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  • Presented by: Angela Whitehurst Distance Education Coordinator J.Y. Joyner Library East Carolina University
    • Plagiarism – The act taking someone else’s words or ideas and using them as your own.
    • Can be intentional or unintentional, but both are serious offenses
    • Plagiarism can occur when a person borrows someone else’s ideas with out giving them proper credit or when a person uses another’s exact words without using quotation marks or indented block quotes and does not credit the source
    • Items that can be plagiarized include:
      • words
      • ideas
      • artwork
      • audio & video
      • computer programs
      • statistical data
      • other creative works
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    • All of the following are examples of plagiarism:
      • buying papers online
      • reusing papers you wrote for other classes
      • letting someone else write papers for you
      • copying and pasting any information from the web or other digital formats
      • failure to cite sources you used to gather information
      • failure to use quotation marks or indented block quotes when using the exact wording of a source as a quote; or failure to cite the source where you found the quotation
      • only changing a few words of information instead of completely paraphrasing the information
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    • Plagiarism violates the ECU Code of Conduct and is a very serious offense
    • Code of Conduct applies to all enrolled students
    • Consequences include:
      • receiving a failing grade on the assignment
      • receiving a failing grade for a course
      • academic probation
      • expulsion from the university
    • To avoid plagiarism do :
      • allow plenty of time for research
      • search, read, and evaluate sources
      • take good notes
      • paraphrase –write the ideas in your own words
      • use quotes sparingly
        • place direct quotations in quotation marks or indented blocks as directed by appropriate style manuals
        • cite the source of all direct quotations
      • record your sources as you conduct research:
        • titles
        • authors
        • page numbers
        • publication information (publishers, places, etc)
        • use information to cite your sources in the paper and in works cited pages
      • give credit to the source when you paraphrasing or quoting
      • write several drafts
      • Learn to use appropriate citation manuals
        • MLA
        • APA
        • Chicago
        • Others
    • To avoid plagiarism don’t :
      • copy and paste any information from the web
      • buy papers online
      • reuse papers you wrote for other classes
      • have someone else write papers for you
      • change only a few words of information: that is not paraphrasing
      • fail to cite the sources you used
      • fail to use quotation marks or indented block quotes when using the exact wording from a source
    • Joyner Library Reference Department
    • (252) 328-0723
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    • Joyner Library Web Site
      • http://www.ecu.edu/lib