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Transcript of Avoiding Plagarism
ideas or statistics and passing them off as your own. Since we can't ALWAYS be original it is entirely
acceptable to present
another person’s ideas in your work.
However, it must be done
properly to avoid plagiarism. PRINCIPLES AND RULES
• When borrowing another person’s words, use quotation marks and include complete reference (author’s name, date, pages).
• Internet sources must also be acknowledged.
• When borrowing another person’s ideas, acknowledge their origin.
• Do not paraphrase another writer’s words and pass them off as your own. Chris just found some good stuff on the Web for his science report about sharks. He highlights a paragraph that explains that most sharks grow to be only 3 to 4 feet long and can't hurt people. Chris copies it and pastes it into his report. He quickly changes the font so it matches the rest of the report and continues his research. Uh-oh. Chris just made a big mistake. Do you know what he did? He committed plagiarism Plagiarism is a form of cheating, but it's a little complicated so a kid might do it without understanding that it's wrong. Chris should have given the author and the website credit for the information. Why? Because Chris didn't know this information before he came to the website. These aren't his thoughts or ideas. What Happens if I Plagiarize?
Most schools are pretty strict about plagiarism. If you're caught, you can wind up suspended or worse. At the very least, you're probably going to fail the assignment. When you're older and in college, some schools will expel students who plagiarize. To be expelled means to be kicked out. And when you're kicked out of one college, it can be hard to get into another.
Obviously, kids who are expelled from college often have a hard time getting a job.