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What is Plagiarism?

Identifying plagiarism and describing how to correctly cite.
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Morgan Criag

on 2 October 2012

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Perils of Plagiarism By: Morgan Craig, Anna Potter, and Katrina Frickle What is Plagiarism? Three examples of plagiarism: Plagiarism: Real Life Plagiarism: Real Life Stop Plagiarism! Citations Page Plagiarism: "The Self Stealer" When Writing Informational Text Using Sources By Other Authors: . "Types of Plagiarism." plagiarismdotORG. Paradigms, LLC, 2012. Web. 26 Sep 2012. <http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_types_of_plagiarism.html>. "The Self Stealer" "The Misinformer" The act of stealing or passing off the ideas or works of another as your own. "The Potluck Paper" The writer takes information from more than one source, and barely changes the sentences to make them flow. Doesn't cite correctly. Uses their own, previous work again and violates policies from previous schools. Doesn't cite correctly. Even if they cite, they use the wrong information to cite. They find/write incorrect information on their paper. This makes it impossible to find the information on the websites cited. Consequences of Plagiarism Will James Mandy writes a paper using information from thirteen different cites. She changes a few sentences barley, so the information flows. She doesn't cite. Bobby wrote a report about the brain in high school. During his final year of collage, he was given the same assingment. He used the same paper. He didn't cite anything from the paper. Joey needed to finish his English paper by tomorrow. He had no time, so he wrote down random information so he could finish in time. When he cited, he made up websites or wrote down websites that were irrelevant. Students who use resources but do not cite or give credit to the original writer, copy off other student's papers, or let others borrow their papers, will be disciplined for being academically dishonest. West High Teacher will inform the student's parents. Student will receive a zero on the assignment, which could result in failing the class or a lower overall grade. If they do it again they will be sent to the assistant principal's office. Who: Blair Hornstine, who is 18 years old, is her high school's valedictorian in Moorestown, New Jersey. She is in the midst of planning her attendane to Harvard Kennedy School of Law.
Act of Plagiarism: Harvard rejected Blair after learning she used unattributed text from other authors in columns she wrote for her local paper.
RESULT: Harvard obviously rejected Blair's acceptance, and she was no longer able to apply to the school. Also, Blair was asked to share her valedictorian title, but Blair was not taken by this idea, and she sued her school. Blair won in her lawsuit, but both Harvard and her high school students disliked this act, and their backlash was so bad that Blair didn't even attend her graduation! Currently, Blair is looking at applying to other colleges with less severe campuses, and is taking classes at an undisclosed campus. The Harvard Student Handbook says "Current students caught plagiarizing are ordinarily required to withdraw." Harvard also says "Accepted students are always told that admission can be revoked for behavior that questions honesty, maturity, or moral character." As you can learn from Blair's experience, plagiarism is a horrible crime that can cause you embarrassment, harassment, and can even cost you your education. DON'T DO IT! "Plagiarizing." Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 10th Edition. 1996. "Original Work Code." Harvard Kennedy School Student Handbook. 2011-2012 edition.2011-2012 Kantrowitz, Barbara, and Scelfo, Julie."Harvard to Hornstine:No Way." Newsweek Magazine. 21 July 2003: page 50 West High Student Handbook." BillingsWest.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sep 2012. <http://billingswest.org/BWHS Student Handbook 12-13.pdf>. MSU Billings When academic dishonesty occurs, the instructor must take the appropriate actions. If you get caught plagiarizing you may receive a written or verbal warning, the grade of an "F" on the assignment, or a failing grade for the course. The instructor must discuss the violation with the student prior to the discovery and at the time of the discovery so the student has the opportunity to respond. "STUDENT POLICIES & PROCEDURES HANDBOOK." www.msubillings.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Oct 2012. Make sure you paraphrase, and don't copy information word-for-word.
Don't steal other people's work, and call it your own.
Interpret all information by other authors correctly if you use it.
Cite all information CORRECTLY!
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