Avoiding Plagiarism


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Avoiding Plagiarism

  1. 1. Avoiding Plagiarism
  2. 2. The CUNY Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as“The act of presenting another person’s ideas, research, or writingas your own”.pg 77-78 of the Student Handbook: www.citytech.cuny.edu/files/students/handbook.pdf
  3. 3. Most of the writing thatyou do in college will havea research element to it.When you write a researchpaper, you’ll use existinginformation to support orexplain an idea or make anargument. Man searching for lost item in fountain in 1954 sparvagsmuseet.sl.seNot only does citing your sources help you avoid plagiarism, but usinggood information (and citing it) adds credibility to your writing.
  4. 4. Citing = Attribution = Giving CreditFor information abouthow to properly cite yoursources, consult ourSubject Guides:http://library.citytech.cuny.edu/research/subjectGuides/wiki/index.php/Style_Guides_and_Research_Paper_Support Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
  5. 5. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ One man cutting anothers hair on board [Steam Yacht] Terra Nova No 3. by Herbert PontingObvious examples of plagiarism include:• Copying text directly from a source (even short phrases) and presenting it as your own.• Handing in work done in whole or part by another person.Less obvious examples include:• Summarizing the work or ideas of another person without giving them proper credit (even if you’ve put it into your own words).• Failing to list collaborators or indicate areas where you’ve received significant input on your work.
  6. 6. • If you are analyzing a work of literature, you would list the title, author, and information about where this work was published on your works cited page.• If you quote or paraphrase that work, you would make a note of it letting your reader know where to find that specific passage.• If you are reporting on a news event (that you did not observe firsthand), you would list any newspapers, websites, or broadcasts that you consulted for information.• If you are writing a paper where you discuss the lyrics of a song, you would let your readers know where you found those lyrics by citing a recording, a transcript of the song, a music video, a performance, etc.• If you are relying on information that comes directly from another person, you would list that person as one of your sources.• IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER that SOURCES are anything that you draw on for information. So you should include information about things like books and articles, but also websites, images, video, etc, even if you are not quoting them directly.
  7. 7. What doesn’t need to be cited• Work that is entirely original, such as a creative or reflective piece.• Commonly understood facts.Plagiarism is not thesame thing ascopyright. There areitems that may be freeof copyright (such asbooks in the publicdomain), but citationsare still required.
  8. 8. Even very experiencedwriters and researchers referto guides to help properlymanage their sources. Thereare lots of tools andinformation on the librarywebsite to help you withthis. Check out some of oursubject guides for pointers:http://library.citytech.cuny.edu/research/subjectGuides/wiki/index.php/Main_Page If you still have questions,consult your professors or amember of the library faculty Two men on Northwest Airlines aircraft, one usingfor advice. Librarians are typewriter, ca. 1965happy to work with you! http://content.lib.washington.edu/hupyweb/index.html
  9. 9. Need Help? Ask a Librarian!http://library.citytech.cuny.edu/services/ask/