What is Plagiarism:
To use, steal or represent the ideas, words or products of another as your own ideas, words or products. Use of someone else's ideas, words or products without giving credit to the author or originator is considered plagiarism. When using or quoting word for word the words of another person it must be acknowledged. Summarizing or paraphrasing the words or ideas of another without giving that person credit is also plagiarism. (Source: Citation Style-Academic Integrity & Plagiarism)
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.
What Isn't Plagiarism?
Here are some examples of text that doesn't need to be cited in your research papers.
- Your opinion
- Common knowledge
- Accepted factual information
- Things you personally observe and record
- Personal experiences
- 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.