Plagiarism means using another's words, ideas, materials or work without properly acknowledging and documenting the source.
Sanctions that may result from plagiarism in your work can range from failure of the assignment or class to suspension or expulsion from the School (see ASU Academic Integrity)policy.
What Isn't Plagiarism?
Here are some examples of text that doesn't need to be cited in your research papers.
Accepted factual information
Things you personally observe and record
When borrowing an author's wording for your own paper use quotation marks and include a complete citation (author name, date of publication, page reference) that can easily lead the reader directly to the source.
Electronic sources must also be acknowledged.
When borrowing another author's views, ideas or opinions for your own paper be sure to give credit to the original thinker.
Paraphrasing another's ideas without clearly citing the source also counts as plagiarism. Give a complete citation that can easily lead the reader directly to the source.
Work used previously in another class cannot be re-used (self-plagiarism) without permission from the instructor.
As a scholar or student at Arizona State University, you are expected to adhere to a set of guidelines as set out in the ASU Academic Integrity Policy.
The Plagiarism Awareness and Academic Integrity tutorials will help you understand what plagiarism is and how to be cite your sources. Academic Integrity includes a game that tests your knowledge.