Writing & Academic Dishonesty
Meghan MacNamara, MFA
PLAGIARISM: It’s an issue of
respecting your sources and yourself
Plagiarism:
Literary
theft of
someone’s
words,
thoughts,
expressions,
images or
sounds and
presenting
them as your
own wit...
Plagiarism comes
from the Latin
word
“plagiarius”
which means
kidnapper or to
plunder.
According to a
2001 survey by
Rutgers
University, 1/2
of students
surveyed
admitted to
some type of
plagiarism on
written
...
In fact, a New
Jersey high
school
valedictorian was
denied admission
to Harvard
University when
she plagiarized
content in...
Intentional plagiarism =
Don’t do any of the
following:
• Copy and submit someone else’s work
as your own
• Buy or borrow papers
• Cut and paste wi...
Unintentional
plagiarism
• Usually done
because student
doesn’t understand
how to properly
cite.
• Insufficient
paraphrasi...
Just to
confuse
you: some
things are
considered
common
knowledge
and don’t
need to be
cited.
If found in five (5) or more sources,
the information is considered common
knowledge and does not need to be
cited
Example...
What is self-plagiarism,
otherwise referred to as
“double-dipping” your own
written work?
It is not okay to
“double-up.”
Self-plagiarism
is using the same
(or very near the
same) paper for
two different
classes w...
Avoiding plagiarism is
just a step away.
Summarize by
boiling things
down to basic
concepts. This
can mean summing
up an entire
paragraph in one
sentence by just
f...
Paraphrase: Express the meaning
of a written or spoken passage using
your own words, words that are
different from the ori...
Devices in the iPod range are
primarily digital audio players
designed around a central click
wheel, although the iPod shu...
Be clear.
• Mark and properly cite quotations
• Paraphrase and summarize information from
your sources matter in your own ...
Cite it all!
✔Someone else’s spoken or written content
(aka, a quotation)
✔Facts or ideas not commonly known (all
the stuf...
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Plagiarism

  1. 1. Writing & Academic Dishonesty Meghan MacNamara, MFA
  2. 2. PLAGIARISM: It’s an issue of respecting your sources and yourself
  3. 3. Plagiarism: Literary theft of someone’s words, thoughts, expressions, images or sounds and presenting them as your own without acknowledging the original source
  4. 4. Plagiarism comes from the Latin word “plagiarius” which means kidnapper or to plunder.
  5. 5. According to a 2001 survey by Rutgers University, 1/2 of students surveyed admitted to some type of plagiarism on written assignments.
  6. 6. In fact, a New Jersey high school valedictorian was denied admission to Harvard University when she plagiarized content in a newspaper article she wrote.
  7. 7. Intentional plagiarism =
  8. 8. Don’t do any of the following: • Copy and submit someone else’s work as your own • Buy or borrow papers • Cut and paste without proper documentation • Change words here and there, but copy the original sentence structure • Anything that I missed that would be done with the intent to represent the original work as your own
  9. 9. Unintentional plagiarism • Usually done because student doesn’t understand how to properly cite. • Insufficient paraphrasing • • Poor or inappropriate documentation
  10. 10. Just to confuse you: some things are considered common knowledge and don’t need to be cited.
  11. 11. If found in five (5) or more sources, the information is considered common knowledge and does not need to be cited Examples: Barack Obama is the 44th President. Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. Pit Bulls are awesome, despite their misrepresentation in the mainstream media.
  12. 12. What is self-plagiarism, otherwise referred to as “double-dipping” your own written work?
  13. 13. It is not okay to “double-up.” Self-plagiarism is using the same (or very near the same) paper for two different classes without permission from both instructors to do so.
  14. 14. Avoiding plagiarism is just a step away.
  15. 15. Summarize by boiling things down to basic concepts. This can mean summing up an entire paragraph in one sentence by just focusing on the skeleton of the ideas expressed.
  16. 16. Paraphrase: Express the meaning of a written or spoken passage using your own words, words that are different from the original source Paraphrase: Express the meaning of a written or spoken passage using your own words, words that are different from the original source Play with words and phrases. Reword. Rework. Get creative.
  17. 17. Devices in the iPod range are primarily digital audio players designed around a central click wheel, although the iPod shuffle has buttons, also. An iPod is an MP3 player that lets the listener choose and play music by using a touch wheel to make selections. Some versions also have buttons. Original Passage Paraphrase
  18. 18. Be clear. • Mark and properly cite quotations • Paraphrase and summarize information from your sources matter in your own words • Use of own words while taking notes and organizing paper • Highlight or otherwise mark words or sentence structure elements that you need to change when compared to the original source • Cite all information that isn’t common knowledge with in-text, parenthetical citations • Include a References page • Use author’s name as a tag to give credit within a sentence
  19. 19. Cite it all! ✔Someone else’s spoken or written content (aka, a quotation) ✔Facts or ideas not commonly known (all the stuff you had to look up) ✔Images, statistics, details, observations, descriptions, eye-witness accounts, and interviews (pretty much everything that didn’t come directly from you, yes?) ✔Opinions, arguments, and speculations from sources other than yourself ✔Detailed content involving descriptive terms, proper nouns, and names (If you are using someone else’s clever catch phrase, give them props.)

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