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MLA, Plagiarisim, and Academic Honesty
Transcript of MLA, Plagiarisim, and Academic Honesty
You do no need to cite information that is considered common knowledge.
Information that is easily observed – the sky is blue, but not a detailed explanation of why the sky is blue.
Commonly reported facts – George Washington was the first president of the United States, but not the information that historians have to say about Washington.
Common sayings such as proverbs – “Waste not, want not;” “Look before you leap.”
The act of passing another's work or ideas (in whole or part) off as your own
: submitting the same assignment to multiple courses without permission
making up facts, stats, figures, data, citations, sources, etc.
Imitation is not always the most sincere form of flattery
According to the MLA website, "all fields of research agree on the need to document scholarly borrowings, but documentation conventions vary because of the different needs of scholarly disciplines. MLA style for documentation is widely used in the
, especially in writing on
. Generally simpler and more concise than other styles, MLA style features brief
in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of
that appears at the end of the work" (www.mla.org).
"Free" Web Resources
The term 'free' means you don't have to pay for it.
It is still someone else's intellectual property and must be cited.
Yes, there is such a thing as 'public domain', but again, that applies more to monetary compensation.
According to SlideShare, "common knowledge does not need to be cited, but be sure that what you are using really is common knowledge. When in doubt ask either your instructor or a librarian, or just cite!"
As SlideShare recommends:
Rule of 3
Provides specific guidelines on formatting and common grammar inconsistencies
Works Cited (not Bibliography)
: buying prefabricated essays online
Copying with permission:
submitting a paper as your own (in whole or part) with permission from the author
: you know!
"Not knowing" is not an excuse
MLA, Plagiarism, and Academic [Dis]Honesty
Other citation/style guides include:
: psychology, education, and other social sciences.
: history and many other subjects in scholarly and non-scholarly publications.
: an adaptation of the Chicago style, designed for college students to use with all subjects.
: medicine, health, and biological sciences.
: journalism, international (English speaking countries)
: any custom guide a company/corporation creates
Or academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise.
Fair use, templates, "different enough"
What else does MLA do?
Style guides, in general, provide guidelines for content layout, format, fonts, design elements, spelling, grammar, structure, and style.
Format, Layout, and Font:
Times New Roman
12 pt font
One inch margins (header should be at 1/2 inch)
Leave one space after period (or other terminal punctuation)
NO title page
Your title should be centered with standard capitalization but NOT: underlined, bolded, italicized or placed in quotation marks