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Avoiding Plagiarism in Academic Writing - Workshop for GEOG 2005

Prepared for guest lecture held 26 Oct 2015

Chris Chan

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Transcript of Avoiding Plagiarism in Academic Writing - Workshop for GEOG 2005

Avoiding plagiarism in academic writing
Avoiding plagiarism through appropriate academic writing
Librarians are here to support you!
Library workshop for GEOG 2005
26 October 2015

Chris Chan
Information Services Librarian

Of course, your assignments must make use of the ideas of experts and scholars...
Example 1
Defined: Taking someone else's words or ideas and passing them off as your own
Citation and Referencing
More help can be found on the Library's Citation Research Guide: http://hkbu.libguides.com/citation
Website publisher can be used as the corporate author
Date of access is not required
Audiovisual Materials
Include format notation in square brackets
Lecture slides
Lecture notes are treated as a personal communication and are not included in the reference list
Turnitin - Plagiarism Prevention Software
Powerful anti-plagiarism software
Importance of accurate citation in avoiding plagiarism
Turnitin (anti-plagiarism software) and how it is used at HKBU
Helpful Library resources and services
Live Polling
This session will be made interactive via live polling. Point your mobile browser to the following link to get set up:
Source: "Avoiding Plagiarism" by Prof. Tony Hung (http://ar.hkbu.edu.hk/curr/avoid_plagiarism/)
How can you appropriately integrate the ideas of others into your own work?
Quotation, paraphrase, or plagiarism??
"Place is not a specialized piece of academic terminology. It is a word we use daily in the English-speaking world." (Cresswell, 2015, p.6).
There are two basic approaches:
Let's look at how both could be applied to this example information source:
Cresswell, T. (2015).
Place : An introduction
. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 6.
Example 2
Example 3
Place is a common everyday term that is not solely limited to use in scholarly discussions. (Creswell, 2015, p. 6).
Plagiarism is a serious form of academic misconduct that is not tolerated by the University
Avoid plagiarism by correctly quoting and paraphrasing information sources
Don't overuse quotations - it is usually best to paraphrase your sources and synthesize them into your own ideas
We'll look at some FAQs here (APA Style)

Checks submitted papers against information online (both free and paid information)

Generates an originality report that highlights possible cases of plagiarism
Purpose is primarily
Similarity Report example
No "safe" percentage level
Percentage level is an indicator of
problems with plagiarism
Some percentage match is to be expected, e.g. correctly cited quotations
For questions / technical support in using Turnitin, ask the BU eLearning support team: buelearn@hkbu.edu.hk
Turnitin Quiz
Let's see how much you know about Turnitin...
Your Questions/Feedback
Confused about Turnitin?
Citation questions?
Suggestions for the Library?
Any other questions/comments you may have
Even if your English is not perfect, it's better to put the ideas of others into your own words
Refer to this great post on the APA style blog for more info: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2010/11/how-to-cite-something-you-found-on-a-website-in-apa-style.html
Questions about academic writing?
According to Cresswell (2015, p. 6), place is not a special piece of academic terminology. It is a word we use everyday in the English-speaking world.
We will now look at three examples of this source being used in a paper. For each, vote on whether it is quotation, paraphrasing, or plagiarism
Quotation, paraphrase, or plagiarism??
Quotation, paraphrase, or plagiarism??
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