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Plagiarism- What is it?

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scott mewborn

on 17 October 2014

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Transcript of Plagiarism- What is it?

How to avoid it!
What is plagiarism
How do you avoid plagiarism?
to steal and pass off the ideas, words, or creation of another as one's own : use another's creation without crediting the source
Plagiarism is defined in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary as:
It's plagiarism if you:
copy someone's homework;
copy someone's paper;
copy text from a website, book, or magazine;
copy someone's idea, drawing, painting, or song.
Any creation that you copy means that you've plagiarized!
It's even considered plagiarism if you copy the musical notes that someone else wrote!
Please remember that there are disciplinary consequences for plagiarism here at Moody.
Consequences can include:
zero on the assignment
zero for the course
withdrawal from the course
suspension or expulsion
Remember that plagiarism is a
violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
There are two things you must do:
1- Always cite your source. Citing simply means that you give credit to the original creator of the information.
What does paraphrase mean?
Let's look at this:
2- Paraphrasing- Even if you cite your source, you are still plagiarizing if you don't paraphrase.
Citing your source does not, by itself, mean you aren't plagiarizing.
You will also need to find the main ideas of the passage you want to include in your work and then rephrase it into your own words.
It's not easy, but you'll get better with practice!
If you use information from any source in your product, you must cite, or give credit, to the source. Let's cite a book. Ready?
When a teacher asks you to use pictures from the web in a paper or a project, you DO have to cite them. You really do.
If you talk to someone to get information for a project, and you use that information, you've done an interview. You can cite an interview.
Shark: any one of more than 400 living species of cartilaginous fishes of predatory habit. Sharks are in the same family as rays and skates. Sharks resemble ordinary fish, both in the shape of their body and in the location of their gills on each side of the head. Most sharks typically have a tough dull gray skin, roughened by toothlike scales. They also usually have a muscular upturned tail, pointed fins, and a pointed snout extending forward and over a crescent shaped mouth set with sharp triangular teeth. Sharks have no swim bladder and must swim constantly to keep from sinking to the bottom. Several larger shark species can be dangerous to humans. Numerous sharks are fished commercially; however, overfishing has substantially reduced the populations of some shark species.

"Shark". Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica
 Online. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 15 Oct.
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