All AboutPlagiarismWhat It Is & How to Avoid It
What Is Plagiarism?Plagiarism is the unethical practice of representingsomeone elses words or ideas as if they were your own.It can be intentional or it can be unintentional.Both cases are plagiarism!
Intentional PlagiarismIntentional plagiarism occurs whensomeone knowingly acts unethicallyin order to represent another writer’swords or ideas as his or her own. Itis usually the result of laziness ordesperation.
Intentional PlagiarismExamples:•A student pays a friend to do her work.•A student purchases a paper online and submits it as his ownwork.•A student, trying to start and finish a paper the night before it isdue, copies long sections from Wikipedia instead of writing herown thoughts after becoming desperate to finish in time.•A student knows he has to cite his sources but he doesn’tremember what they were, so he doesn’t cite them.
Unintentional PlagiarismUnintentional plagiarism occurs whensomeone represents another writer’s wordsor ideas as his or her own without intendingto behave unethically. It is usually the resultof ignorance.But ignorance is no excuse. Unintentionalplagiarism is still plagiarism!
Unintentional PlagiarismExamples:•A student quotes a source in a paper but does not know how togive credit to the writer of that source by properly citing it.•A student directly quotes a source in a paper but forgets to putthe quoted words within quotation marks.•A student paraphrases an idea she found in a book but does notprovide an explanation of where she found that idea.
Remember:Plagiarism, like cheating on an exam, isunethical.Plagiarism is not tolerated in academic work.Plagiarism is plagiarism, whether it isintentional or not.
So… How Can I Avoid It?Always put direct quotations (the actual wordsused) in quotation marks and give the source in acitation.When paraphrasing (putting it in your own words),make clear what you are paraphrasing and give thesource in a citation.Write your own papers. Academic writing is not apatchwork quilt of quoted sources.
So… How Can I Avoid It?Learn what citation style your classes require(usually APA, MLA or Turabian) and learn how tocreate citations in this style. (More on this topic inPart Four.)When you are in doubt about whether a citation isnecessary, CITE. As the old saying goes, better safethan sorry.By giving credit to your sources and making clearwhat is their work and what is yours, you will avoidplagiarism.
More on PlagiarismYoull learn more about plagiarism and proper sourcecitation in your writing classes. For now, you should studythe following helpful document produced by the AcademicResource Center:Avoiding Plagiarism (links to PDF file)Also, read the section of your CBU Student Handbook onthe CBU Honor Code.
What is SafeAssign?SafeAssign is a feature within Blackboard that helpsyour professor detect plagiarism.
What Is SafeAssign?SafeAssign is a feature within Blackboard that helpsyour professor detect plagiarism. It works like this:1. Your professor may designate some assignments as"SafeAssignments." Probably, not all assignments willbe "SafeAssignments.2. When youre ready, you will submit yourassignment. Typically, you can only submit once, butthis is up to your professor.Continued...
What Is SafeAssign?3. Once youve submitted your work, SafeAssigncompares it to a massive database, including the openweb and thousands of student papers.4. When it has completed this comparison, it will returnto you and your professor a report detailing the results.This report will be available in Blackboard 1-10minutes after your submission.To view a sample report, click here.
What Is SafeAssign?The primary purpose of SafeAssign is to help yourprofessor detect unethical behavior, and the reports itgenerates can also help you understand the importanceof properly citing your sources.Its important to understand that a good SafeAssignscore does not necessarily mean that you havesuccessfully avoided plagiarism, and that a bad scoredoes not necessarily mean that youve plagiarized.