What is Plagiarism? “The unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as ones own original work.” - "plagiarism." Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. Dictionary.com. Web. 16 Jun. 2010.
CCC&TI’s Academic IntegrityPolicy States: “Plagiarism is defined as representing as one’s own another’s work or ideas, or any part thereof, published or unpublished. It includes copying a phrase, sentence, or passage from another’s work and not identifying or citing that source; failing to cite a source fully, inadequate paraphrasing or summarizing; or attempting to pass off as one’s own a paper written by another.” - “Academic Integrity Policy.” CCC&TI Student Handbook. p. 28.
CCC&TI Takes PlagiarismSeriously (as do I). “Violations of this policy will result in failure of the course and academic probation for one semester. Subsequent violations will result in suspension or expulsion from the college.” - “Academic Integrity Policy.” CCC&TI Student Handbook. p. 28.
What Constitutes Plagiarism? Buying, stealing, borrowing, or copying an entire paper from the internet or other source Hiring someone to write your paper for you “Cutting and pasting” large portions of text without using quotation marks or citing the source Paraphrasing too closely or changing only a few words in a passage- Cartoon. Pyrczak Publishing, 2001. Robert A. Harris. The Plagiarism Using someone else’s idea withoutHandbook: Strategies for Preventing, Detecting, and Dealing withPlagiarism. Pyrczak Publishing, 2002. AntiPlagairism.com. 6 Mar, giving them credit, even if you2002. Web. 16 June, 2010. develop your own idea from theirs
How do I Avoid Plagiarism? The key to avoiding plagiarism is to be certain that you give credit where credit is due. This includes the use of someone else’s words, ideas, pictures, data, statistics, and research. - Gold Skeleton Key Clipart. clipartof.com. nd. Web. 16 June, 2010.
What Should be Cited? Words or ideas presented in any medium, including magazines, books, newspapers, songs, TV programs, movies, Web pages, computer programs, letters, advertisements, etc. Information you gain through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing When you copy the exact words or a unique phrase, reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials When you reuse or repost any electronically-available media, including images, audio, video, or other media - Stolley, Karl and Allen Brizee. “Is It Plagiarism Yet?”- “Frustrated.” Cartoon. Healeylibrary. wikispaces.com. Purdue Online Writing Lab. Purdue University. 21 Apr. 2010. Web. 16 June, 2010.nd. Web. 16 June, 2010.
What Should NOT be Cited? Writing about your own ideas, personal experiences, and conclusions about a topic When you are writing up your own results obtained through lab or field experiments When you use your own artwork, digital photographs, video, audio When you are using "common knowledge," things like folklore, common sense observations, myths, urban legends, and historical events. Generally speaking, you can regard something as common knowledge if you find the same information undocumented in at least five credible sources. - Icon. ICONS etc. mysitemyway.com. nd. Web. 16 June, 2010. When you are using generally-accepted facts, e.g., pollution is bad for the environment - Stolley, Karl and Allen Brizee. “Is It Plagiarism Yet?” Purdue Online Writing Lab. Purdue University. 21 Apr. 2010. Web. 16 June, 2010.
What should I do if I am unsure? When in doubt, ask your instructor or consult a reputable website like these: The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/02/ The Writing Center at CCC&TI http://www.cccti.edu/WritingCenter/Writestyleguides.htm