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A Student Guide. St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre What is Plagiarism?  steal and pass off someone else’s ideas or words as your own  use a.

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1 A Student Guide

2 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre What is Plagiarism?  steal and pass off someone else’s ideas or words as your own  use a created production without crediting the source  commit literary theft  present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

3 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre Plagiarism IS:  morally & ethically wrong  cheating  lying  insulting to others  intellectual theft  punishable with severe penalties  possible source of legal action in business

4 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre “ L egitimate borrowing takes place when a writer makes sparing use of some source material by fitting it in carefully in the body of his or her essay, without altering it or distorting it in a way that would upset the author.” (Fit To Print)

5 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre IT IS NOT PLAGIARISM to use other people’s ideas or arguments to adopt character types, general plots, or other ideas from existing works to use information that is considered common knowledge ( can be easily found in at least 5 places)

6 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre IT IS PLAGIARISM  to present other people’s ideas as your own  to paraphrase the source’s language closely without using quotes to indicate borrowed words and phrases  to use direct quotes without acknowledging the source  to use someone else’s argument as the basis for your essay  to copy from reference books (e.g. encyclopedias)  to paraphrase so closely that it resembles the source  to copy and paste from a web site (including images)  to use another student’s work, even with permission  to submit work acquired from commercial sources  to use work written for another assignment without seeking permission from the teacher of the current class and the class from which the original work was used

7 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre Guidelines for Students Don’t Be a Victim!  Become familiar with your school’s policy on plagiarism  Learn how to cite sources (MLA or APA)  Take careful notes & summarize  Follow all steps as assigned  Always prepare and submit outlines and drafts  Keep all rough notes (including online sources)  Give credit for all quotes, ideas, and arguments  Use current sources (within the last year, if possible)  When in doubt, document the source Plagiarism Avoided: Taking Responsibility For Your WorkPlagiarism Avoided: Taking Responsibility For Your Work *(An online booklet for students on plagiarism, including techniques for avoiding it.)

8 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre If it’s on the Internet, then it’s public knowledge and it doesn’t need to be cited If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research. Wilson Mizner

9 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre Ask yourself “If you had any help that you don’t want your teacher or parents to know about, you probably cheated.” “If you didn’t think of it and write it all on your own, and you didn’t cite (or write down) the sources where you found the ideas or words, it’s probably plagiarism.” From Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era

10 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre Unintentional Plagiarism Recognition of even apt phrases or clever wording, through parenthetical documentation, must be given. Collaborative work on a paper must be clearly acknowledged. Intentional Plagiarism ÷ Work copied with no citation ÷ Work written by another, submitted as original ÷ Words written by another, used within work and no credit Self-plagiarism Paper written for another course must have permission of current and original instructor

11 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre Resources APA Style Archer, Lynn, Cathy Costello, and Debbie Harvey. Reading and Writing for Success (Teacher’s Guide). Buckley, Joanne. Fit to Print.The Canadian Student’s Guide to Essay Writing.5 th ed. Scarborough, Ont. Nelson Thomson Learning, 2001. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1999. MLA Style Lathrop, Ann and Kathleen Foss. Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era. Englewood, Colorado. Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 2000.

12 St. Joan of Arc Library Information Centre H. Smeathers Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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