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1 Plagiarism…is it a problem here? Debbie Iverson January 2002 (updated August 2003)

2 What is plagiarism ? Deliberate copying of text without attribution Changing the words around without attribution Believing the information to be common knowledge Using someone else’s paper (Pearson)

3 Plagiarism Frequency 70 – 85 % of students cheat on exams, papers (McMurtry)

4 Related policies, publications at Sheridan College “Academic Honesty” Sheridan College Catalog, p. 20 “ Conduct Rules” violation # 5 “Being academically dishonest” Sheridan College Student Handbook Planner, p. 6) Sheridan College Policy Series 3013 Copyright Policy Series 3014 Ownership of Employee & Student Created Property

5 Sheridan College English Department Statement Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words or ideas as one’s own. Plagiarism includes the lack of quotation marks around direct quotations followed by proper citation and the lack of proper citation when summarizing or paraphrasing. Cutting and pasting research into writing always requires proper citation. Use of another student’s work, use of published material without proper citation, and use of work from an online source without proper citation will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment which could result in failing the course. The instructor may choose to refer students using egregious forms of plagiarism to the appropriate Dean for disciplinary action. communication. (July 17, 2003)

6 Academic Honesty Academic dishonesty is a serious offense, regardless of what form it takes. An act is academically dishonest when, and only when, the act is attempted or performed in order to misrepresent in any manner one’s involvement in an academic task….. It is the responsibility of both the student and the person in charge of an academic task to make reasonable efforts to learn of, or make known the expectations and standards of conduct required in the performance of an academic task. Failure on the part of the student to observe and maintain required standards of academic honest require corrective action by the District. ( Sheridan College & Gillette Campus Catalog, p. 20)

7 Sources of Plagiarized Text Papers “shared” by friends Internet sites – free and fee Full-text library databases Academic Universe, WilsonWeb, SIRS EBSCOhost databases Online encyclopedias Literature Resource Center (literature) Britannica

8 Plagiarism Detection Online Services Turnitin Glatt Plagiarism Services Software Essay Verification Engine e/index.shtml e/index.shtml Word Check Systems m W Copy Find ia.edu/Wsoftware.html

9 Works Cited and Consulted Dehnart, Andy. The web’s plagiarism police. The Salon (June 1999) Drew, Donna. Sheridan College English Department Plagiarism Statement. communication (July 17, 2003) McMurtry, Robin. E-cheating: combating a 21 st century challenge. T.H.E. Journal (November 2001): Pearson, Gretchen. Electronic plagiarism seminar Satterwhite, Robin, and Marla Gerein. Downloading Detectives: Searching for Online Plagiarism.


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