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1 Gail M. Dummer Professor Emeritus Department of Kinesiology PlagiarismGail M. DummerProfessor Emeritus Department of Kinesiology
2 NoteSources for images, and reference citations for quotations and paraphrased material, are provided in the notes under each slide in the notes version of this PowerPoint presentation – no plagiarism!
3 What is Plagiarism?Plagiarism means “the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit”Source: MSU’s Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative ActivitiesSource: MSU’s Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative Activities
4 Understanding the Definition Appropriation means using or taking something that is not yoursPlagiarism is stealing by using another person’s words or ideasPlagiarism is academically dishonest because students, scholars, and faculty members are expected to do their own work
5 Understanding the Definition The terms ideas, processes, results, or words refer to another person’s intellectual propertyPlagiarizers use or take intellectual propertyOther thieves use or take physical property such as money, computers, things, etc.Clip art source:
6 Understanding the Definition Plagiarism means taking or using any of the following intellectual property without permission or giving credit:Words … copying more than 4-6 consecutive words, rearranging phrases, or paraphrasing extensivelyIdeas … using original information learned from conference presentations, confidential reviews, etc.
7 Understanding the Definition Continued from previous slide:Processes … adopting or using research methods described by another investigator, especially when the research method is not common knowledgeResults … using or reporting data, figures, or tables that represent another investigator’s research results
8 Understanding the Definition Giving appropriate credit refers to:Providing the name of the original author, artist, researcher, or scholarProviding sufficient publication data that another person can find the original source – use disciplinary standards!Using quotation symbols to indicate direct quotes
9 Is This Plagiarism? Next six slides Read information on the slides Listen to variations of the situation described by the presenterDetermine whether plagiarism occurredDiscuss uncertainties with your mentor
10 #1 - Is This Plagiarism?You are a member of the audience where research results are presented. You use ideas described by one of the speakers in the design of your next research project.Clipart source:What matters in your decision?Whether the idea is common knowledge or an original contribution by the speaker?The type of event – lecture in a course, department meeting, professional conference?Whether the idea is in a written format – handout for the audience, publication?
11 #2 - Is This Plagiarism?You are reading a journal article, chapter, or book. You paraphrase passages of text from the material you have been reading in the literature review of a manuscript you are writing.Clipart source:What matters in your decision?Whether the interesting material is common knowledge?Whether the interesting material is an idea, words, process/methods, or results/tables/figures?Whether you use quotation symbols to denote direct quotations from another source?Whether you provide a reference citation to the source in the manuscript you are writing?Whether the your manuscript is a course assignment, a thesis/dissertation, or a journal article?
12 #3 - Is This Plagiarism?You are reviewing a submitted manuscript. You decide to use novel research methods described in that manuscript to enhance your own research.Image source:What matters in your decision?Whether the interesting material is novel research methods, a useful synthesis of relevant literature, useful instrumentation, or a useful set of reference citations?Whether you are reviewing submitted journal manuscripts, reviewing submitted grant proposals, or grading papers submitted by your students?Whether the manuscript status is under review, accepted, or actually published?Whether you signed a confidentiality agreement when you accepted responsibility as a reviewer?Whether you know the identity of the author?Whether you think you will get caught?
13 #4 - Is This Plagiarism?You are doing research using the internet. You choose to use ideas from a web site in the design of your next research project, and also use some quotes from the web site in your literature review.Clipart source:What matters in your decision?Whether the material is posted on a web site as compared to published in a journal or book?Whether there is an author versus no obvious author to the web site?Whether the interesting material consists of ideas, words, images, etc.?Whether the web site includes a notice that readers have permission to use the content?
14 #5 - Is This Plagiarism?You are writing a paper in English, and your native language is Martian. When writing a review of literature, you use another author’s exact words because you are not confident about paraphrasing or synthesizing the ideas in your own words in English.Clipart source:What matters in your decision?Whether you use just a few of the other author’s words or many words? How many is too many?Whether you use quotation marks and a reference citation to give credit to the other author?Whether your paper is a course assignment, a thesis/dissertation, or a manuscript for publication?
15 #6 - Is This Plagiarism?You are writing a manuscript for publication that is based upon your own previous research. You decide to include some exact text from one of your earlier manuscripts in the new paper.Clipart source:What matters in your decision?Is it possible to self-plagiarize?Whether your earlier manuscript was presented at a conference?Whether your earlier manuscript was published in a journal or book or on the internet?
16 Plagiarism in Research Plagiarism is specifically defined as a form of research misconductThe definition of research misconduct on the next slide is from the MSU Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative Activities,
17 Plagiarism in Research “Misconduct means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or any other practice that seriously deviates from practices commonly accepted in the discipline or in the academic and research communities generally in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research and creative activities.”Source:MSU Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative Activities,
18 Plagiarism in Research “Ohio University is investigating 44 possible cases of plagiarism by current and former engineering graduate students, all of which were discovered by a former graduate student who believes that professors there have fostered a culture of cheating.”T. Bartlett, Ohio U. Investigates Plagiarism Charges, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/10/06Wasley, P., Ohio U Revokes Degree for Plagiarism The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/6/07After Thomas Matrkas engineering thesis was rejected by his advisor at Ohio University, he went to the library to find out why. He found …1 thesis with more than 50 plagiarized pages1 thesis with 14 pages copied verbatim (including typos)55 theses with possible plagiarismOutcomes: 1 degree revoked, 12 theses recommended for rewriting, 5 cases cleared, 22 cases determined to warrant no investigation, 16 cases awaiting hearingWasley, P., Review Blasts Professors for Plagiarism by Graduate Students The Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/16/07More outcomes … the hearing panel recommendedDismissal of the department chairpersonDismissal of a faculty member who approved 11 plagiarized thesesTwo-year probation for a third professor who was involved in 5 cases
19 Plagiarism in Research Data from MSU Research Integrity Officer, 10/8/07About plagiarism at MSU:Most frequent alleged misconductData probably reflect tip of the icebergAffects faculty and grad studentsOctober 8, 2007Report to The University Graduate CouncilThe University Intellectual Integrity OfficerOffice of the PresidentMichigan State UniversitySeptember 1, 2006 – August 31, 2007
20 Detecting Plagiarism Readers and reviewers Check references Google 4-6 words (Harris, 2004)Plagiarism detection software (e.g., plagiarismchecker.com, plagiarismdetect.com)Clipart Source:Harris, 2004, citation: Harris, R. (2004). Anti-Plagiarism Strategies for Research Papers, retrieved on 8/20/08 from
21 Preventing Plagiarism Understand the difference between “common knowledge” and “original” ideasDo the right thingFollow your conscienceGive credit, mark direct quotations, and use reference citations – use disciplinary standards!Seek help from your mentorClipart Source:One rule of thumb indicates that facts found in at least six different sources are common knowledge.When in doubt either provide a reference citation, check with an expert, or both.
22 Possible Consequences scholarly reputation self-concept gradesDissertation not acceptedExpulsion from university/no degreeExpulsion from professional organizationsLoss of job (GA/faculty)Clipart source:
23 MSU ResourcesMSU’s Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative ActivitiesPlagiarism. Research Integrity Newsletter, MSU Grad School, Volume 9 (2), 2006Plagiarism. PowerPoint presentation & notes
24 MSU Offices Research Integrity Officer http://www.rio.msu.edu/ Graduate SchoolOmbudsmanhttps://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/
25 Sampling of Web SitesU.S. Office of Research Integrity resources about plagiarism misconduct.shtmlURLs for several additional web sites about plagiarism are included in the notes below this slideAvoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing (Miquel Roig at St. Johns UniversityPlagiarism and how to avoid itAvoiding plagiarism (OWL at Purdue)Plagiarism.orgHow to recognize plagiarism (School of Education at Indiana University)Defining and avoiding plagiarism (Council of Writing Program Administrators)
26 The EndYou are encouraged to engage in further discussions about plagiarism with your mentors and colleagues from your discipline