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1 Avoiding Plagiarism with Correct Documentation Dr. Karen Petit

2 Plagiarism and Communication Mediums  paragraphs  essays  research papers  visual aids  business letters  speeches  poems  conversations  films  reports  songs  novels  newspaper articles  Web sites Plagiarism can happen in any communication medium:

3 Plagiarism in Different Environments Conversations at WorkPublished CommunicationsAcademic Settings Plagiarism can happen in different environments:

4 Conversations at Work That’s a great idea of yours, Joe! I’ll tell our boss about it when I meet with her later today. We could sell more of the new product if it were offered in really bright colors, like red. Conversations at Work

5 Plagiarism at Work We should make the new product in really bright colors, like red, yellow, or green. That idea of yours is really great! You are one of our company’s most creative employees. Conversations at Work You stole my idea!!!

6 Giving Credit to People: Correct, Ethical and Legal Joe suggested that we make our product in bright colors, like red. I love the idea of red, but we could use other bright colors, too. Joe’s idea is really creative, and your summary of his idea is well done. I also like your added suggestion about the other colors. Conversations at Work Thanks for giving me credit for my idea.

7 “Plagiarism” has been defined as “the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work” (Dictionary.com). “Plagiarism” Defined with Use of the MLA Documentation System In this example of a bibliography page, the additional information explains to readers and/or listeners about the “work” that has been “cited” in the parenthetical citation. Work Cited “Plagiarism.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, Web. 2 June In this definition of “plagiarism,” quotation marks have been placed around the borrowed words. The source of the words, Dictionary.com, is stated at the end of the quotation in an in-text parenthetical citation.

8 Published Communications Employees who plagiarize in published communications, as well as in other mediums, will hurt their credibility and could be fired: A CBS news producer was fired (“CBS”).(“CBS”). An editor for a Florida magazine was fired (Stableford).(Stableford). Published Communications

9 Academic Settings The CCRI Student Handbook defines “plagiarism”:Student Handbook “The term ‘plagiarism’ includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.” A student who plagiarizes can be suspended or expelled: “[V]iolations of academic integrity may result in suspension or expulsion from the College” (“Policy on Academic Dishonesty”). Academic Settings

10 Plagiarism: Wrong, Unethical, and Illegal Plagiarism is wrong, unethical, and illegal in work, academic, and other settings. Plagiarism will affect a person’s credibility and can hurt a career, as is demonstrated by what happened to a New York Times reporter.is demonstrated by what happened to a New York Times reporter Someone who plagiarizes can be sued, as is illustrated by a case heard in the Court of Appeals in Connecticut (Coster v. Duquette).Court of Appeals in Connecticut (Coster v. Duquette).

11 Avoiding Plagiarism by Correctly Using a Documentation System Whenever we borrow words, ideas, pictures, symbols, musical notes, structures, or other items, we need to document (give credit to) the source of each borrowed item. A quotation, paraphrase, or summary is used to convey borrowed information or words. To connect borrowed information or words to a source(s), one of these documentation systems can be used: MLAAPAChicagoCSE

12 Plagiarism Practice Exercises New Mexico State University has quizzes and other resources. New Mexico State University Penn State has plagiarism exercises and quizzes. Penn State Purdue University has information and a plagiarism exercise. Purdue University

13 Works Cited “CBS News Producer Fired for Plagiarism.” msnbc.com. The Associated Press, Web. 14 July Coster v. Duquette. AC Court of Appeals of Connecticut on appeal from the Superior Court of Waterbury County. 31 March MoreLaw.com, Inc. Web. 14 July Harvey, Michael. The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing. Hackett Publishing Web. 14 July “Plagiarism.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, Web. 2 June “Plagiarism.” Student Handbook. Community College of Rhode Island. 15 Oct Web. 27 July “Policy on Academic Dishonesty.” Student Handbook. Community College of Rhode Island. 15 Oct Web. 27 July Stableford, Dylan. “UPDATE: Florida Editor Fired Over Plagiarism.” FOLIO. 23 Mar Web. 14 July 2010.

14 Works Cited Page with URLs “CBS News Producer Fired for Plagiarism.” msnbc.com. The Associated Press, Web. 14 July Coster v. Duquette. AC Court of Appeals of Connecticut on appeal from the Superior Court of Waterbury County. 31 March MoreLaw.com, Inc. Web. 14 July Harvey, Michael. The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing. Hackett Publishing Web. 14 July “Plagiarism.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, Web. 2 June “Plagiarism.” Student Handbook. Community College of Rhode Island. 15 Oct Web. 27 July “Policy on Academic Dishonesty.” Student Handbook. Community College of Rhode Island. 15 Oct Web. 27 July Stableford, Dylan. “UPDATE: Florida Editor Fired Over Plagiarism.” FOLIO. 23 Mar Web. 14 July

15 More Information The Writing Center at the Community College of Rhode Island has more online resources.Writing Center

16 Contact Information This presentation is the creation of Dr. Karen Petit Community College of Rhode Island 400 East Avenue Warwick, RI Phone:


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