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Keys to Avoiding Plagiarism
To avoid plagiarizing:
- Paraphrase the original text into your own words.
- Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
- Cite every source of information you use in your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research.
You Quote It, You Note It
Created by the Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University, this tutorial suggests that researching ethically is also researching efficiently. You will learn how to avoid plagiarism and pick up some good research tips too.
Real World Examples
Think plagiarism is just an issue for college students writing research papers? Think again! Check out these real world examples of celebrities being accused of plagiarizing.
Plagiarism: Don't Do It
Posted with permission from Lehman College.
Mendocino College's Academic Integrity Policy
Students at Mendocino College are required to adhere to the college's Academic Honesty Guidelines. Students are expected to avoid any type of dishonesty including, but not limited to, the following:
- Plagiarism (copying someone else's sentences or phrases, using another author's ideas without acknowledgement of the source, re-writing a research paper that incorporates significant material from a paper written by another person, submitting a research paper borrowed from another student or commercial use)
- Duplication of assignments.
- Aiding in dishonesty.
- When an instructor is confronted with evidence of academic dishonesty, s/he will take appropriate action against the student. This action may include: reassignment of the paper, exam, or project; assignment of a failing grade; or recommendation to the Superintendent/President for dismissal from the course.
Read the full document here:
Source: Mendocino College Academic Honesty Guidelines
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