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Plagiarism. Plagiarizing, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's.

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1 Plagiarism

2 Plagiarizing, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source … present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.” (www.m-w.com/dictionary/plagiarizing)

3 What is Plagiarism?  Using another person’s ideas or words without using citations  Copying information from the Internet without using citations  Using a copyrighted image without using citations  Using a person’s exact words without using quotation marks  Buying or stealing a paper

4 What are Citations? Citations are a method for telling the reader where you found your information Citations are a method for telling the reader where you found your information Citations are also a way for the reader to locate more information on the paper topic Citations are also a way for the reader to locate more information on the paper topic

5 Consequences of Plagiarism According to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, “Plagiarism is an issue of Academic Integrity”: According to Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, “Plagiarism is an issue of Academic Integrity”: Students who misrepresent their academic work violate the rights of their fellow students. […] The College therefore views any act of academic dishonesty as a serious offense requiring disciplinary measures, including failure for the exam or specific course work, course failure, suspension, and expulsion from the College. (Ivy Tech Community College 39)

6 Consequences of Plagiarism Receive a failing grade on the assignment Receive a failing grade on the assignment Fail a class Fail a class Lose a job Lose a job Face a lawsuit Face a lawsuit

7 How to Prevent Plagiarism Do not cut & paste information into your document Do not cut & paste information into your document Inform the reader by using citations each time you write something you didn’t know before you started the paper Inform the reader by using citations each time you write something you didn’t know before you started the paper Use a note taking system that will allow you to organize your sources Use a note taking system that will allow you to organize your sources Check the citations when you are finished writing Check the citations when you are finished writing Don’t wait until the night before the paper is due to research or to write it Don’t wait until the night before the paper is due to research or to write it

8 Note Taking & Citations Make a copy of the document so you can accurately quote or paraphrase the information later. Make a copy of the document so you can accurately quote or paraphrase the information later. Color code, label, or highlight notes so it is clear which are your ideas or thoughts and which are the author’s. Color code, label, or highlight notes so it is clear which are your ideas or thoughts and which are the author’s. Clearly note source information for each source: author, title of work, title of publication, publisher, date, issue, and page number (if applicable). Clearly note source information for each source: author, title of work, title of publication, publisher, date, issue, and page number (if applicable).

9 Quoting a Source Be careful to quote the text exactly. Be careful to quote the text exactly. A direct quote must be included in quotations. Use ellipses (…) to show omitted text and brackets [ ] to show added phrases. A direct quote must be included in quotations. Use ellipses (…) to show omitted text and brackets [ ] to show added phrases. Quotes must mention the person’s name and be cited using the format specified by your instructor. Quotes must mention the person’s name and be cited using the format specified by your instructor.

10 Paraphrasing a Source Paraphrasing is putting the author’s words into your own words. Paraphrasing is putting the author’s words into your own words. Paraphrasing is not changing or deleting a couple of words in an author’s statement. Paraphrasing is not changing or deleting a couple of words in an author’s statement. Paraphrases must mention the person’s name and be cited using the format specified by your instructor. Paraphrases must mention the person’s name and be cited using the format specified by your instructor.

11 Paraphrasing Tips Read the author’s paragraph and then look away while writing the concept in your own words and your own style Read the author’s paragraph and then look away while writing the concept in your own words and your own style Do not use a thesaurus to change the author’s words Do not use a thesaurus to change the author’s words If you still recognize the author’s work, then you haven’t paraphrased If you still recognize the author’s work, then you haven’t paraphrased

12 How Much Have You Learned About Plagiarism? 1. Copying and pasting from the Internet can be done without citing the Internet page because everything on the Internet is common knowledge. 1. Copying and pasting from the Internet can be done without citing the Internet page because everything on the Internet is common knowledge. TRUE or FALSE? FALSE The answer is FALSE because Web pages and other Internet sources are created by an author or authors, which means that if you use something from the Internet you have to cite it. (

13 How Much Have You Learned About Plagiarism? 2. When you summarize a block of text from another work, citing the source at the end of your paper is sufficient. 2. When you summarize a block of text from another work, citing the source at the end of your paper is sufficient. TRUE or FALSE? FALSE The correct answer is FALSE because when you summarize a block of text, you have to cite the source within your paper. (

14 How Much Have You Learned About Plagiarism? 3. Using a few phrases from an article and mixing them in with your own words is not plagiarism. 3. Using a few phrases from an article and mixing them in with your own words is not plagiarism. TRUE or FALSE? FALSE The correct answer is FALSE because using someone else’s words without acknowledging who wrote them – even when you mix those phrases with your own – is plagiarism. (

15 How Much Have You Learned About Plagiarism? 4.The date for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is common knowledge which means you do not have to cite the source in which you found it. 4.The date for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is common knowledge which means you do not have to cite the source in which you found it. TRUE or FALSE? TRUE The correct answer is TRUE because Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday can be verified in several different sources, which means it is common knowledge and you do not have to cite it. (

16 Additional Sources Online Writing Lab (OWL), Purdue University. t/research/r_plagiar.html Online Writing Lab (OWL), Purdue University. t/research/r_plagiar.html t/research/r_plagiar.html t/research/r_plagiar.html Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University. giarism.shtml Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University. giarism.shtml giarism.shtml giarism.shtml Sources – Their Use and Acknowledgement, Dartmouth College. Sources – Their Use and Acknowledgement, Dartmouth College.

17 References DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Plagiarism Court: You be the Judge Jan DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Plagiarism Court: You be the Judge Jan Ivy Tech Community College. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Student Handbook. Evansville, IN: Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Ivy Tech Community College. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Student Handbook. Evansville, IN: Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Merriam-Webster. “Plagiarizing.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Jan Created by the Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana librarians


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