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Library support for international teachers from the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

What is plagiarism?

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. This policy states the following:

Plagiarism" means using another's words, ideas, materials or work without properly acknowledging and documenting the source.  Students are responsible for knowing the rules governing the use of another's work or materials and for acknowledging and documenting the source appropriately." (Source: Academic Integrity Policy)

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

The Basics

  • 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.

Avoiding Plagiarism

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