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Transcript of Plagiarism
Presented by the Gaston College Writing Center
What it is, and how to avoid it.
Plagiarism: using someone else’s work, words, ideas, or illustrations; published or unpublished- without giving the creator of that work sufficient credit.
What is plagiarism?
Why do you think students plagiarize?
What do you think faculty members think about students who plagiarize?
How do most students feel about plagiarism?
How is plagiarism detected?
What Do You Already Know?
Using a source in a paper and citing it, but citing it inaccurately,
using a source in a paper and putting the citation ONLY on the Works Cited/Reference page,
rewording the source material and forgetting to insert a citation.
copying and pasting information from a source to finish an assignment, or to create the majority of it,
rewording a source or slightly changing it and not citing it
“Standard of Honesty: Dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, and knowingly furnishing false information to the College are regarded as serious offenses. It is expected that cases of dishonesty will first be considered at the department faculty level; then the matter will follow procedures in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct.” (Gaston College Handbook, 2012-2013, p. 28)
How Does it Affect Students?
Plagiarism is considered an academic integrity violation.
Instructors can assign a grade of “0” for a plagiarized assignment or assign a grade of “F” for a course.
Colleges can (and do) expel students for plagiarism, often permanently marking that student’s academic record.
What Can Happen:
Know what types of sources need to be documented.
When in doubt, ask!
Recognize what constitutes common knowledge.
Learn how to summarize, paraphrase, and create in-text citations for quotations.
Know the discipline’s format and its rules.
How Can Plagiarism Be Avoided?
Gaston College. 2012-2013 Academic Course Catalog.
Kirszner, Laurie G., and Mandell, Stephen H. The Wadsworth Handbook. Wadsworth (9th & 10th Ed.): Boston, 2011. Print.
What Every Student Should Know About Avoiding Plagiarism
Gaston College. 2012-2013 Student Handbook.
lazy, untrustworthy, unknowledgable about papers and academic integrity
It's much easier than you think
No knowledge of proper citation, or understanding of the consequences of plagiarism
Quick, easy, it's already perfect, very little work involved
Gaston College: Student Handbook
"Plagiarism- Intentional presentation of the work of another as one's own without proper acknowledgment of the source. The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas of information are common knowledge" (126).
"Typical Examples: Submitting as one's own the work of a 'ghost writer' or commercial writing service; directly quoting from a source without citation; paraphrasing or summarizing another's work without acknowledging the source using facts, figures, graphs, charts, or information without acknowledgment of the source. Plagiarism may occur orally and in writing. It may involve computer programs and files, research designs, distinctive figures of speech, ideas and images, or generally any information, which belongs to another" (126).
"Includes facts available from a variety of reference sources, familiar sayings, and well-known quotations" (Wadsworth, 10th ed., 241).
"Your own original research (interviews and surveys, for example) also does not require documentation" (241).
"Although you do not have to document the fact that JFK graduated from Harvard in 1940 or that he was elected president in 1960, you do have to document information from a historian's evaluation of his presidency" (241).
"[...] if you have doubts, document" (241).
If you're still confused about your class content, and what would be deemed "common knowledge," just "check with your instructor" (371).