Plagiarism                          [plagiarism.htm]

        1.  Intentional, gross and egregious plagiarism will result in summary dismissal from the course, with a grade of F. I reserve the right to lay a charge against you with the university, which could result in your expulsion.

        2.  Careless plagiarism, resulting from sloppy research methodology and a lack of care and attention will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

        3.  Accidental plagiarism, as a result of the learning process, as when we practice summaries or citations, will result in lost marks, but not necessarily a failing grade for the assignment.   (Syllabus)

   Plagiarism is using someone else's language or ideas without acknowledgement (the word plagiarism is derived from the Latin word for kidnapper).  A dictionary defines it as "the use or imitation of words and ideas of another person and the representation of them as one's original work."  In the plainest  English possible, it is theft.  Plagiarism is a serious act of dishonesty that always carries a heavy penalty  -  failure of the paper, failure in the course, or even expulsion from school.  It is regarded just as seriously in professional life;  every few weeks, it seems, newspapers report that a public official or a corporate executive has been accused of presenting as original work something written by someone else.  Even when the offense occurred twenty or more years before, the result is often disgrace and personal tragedy.

   Plagiarism is widely thought of as a deliberate act, an intentional misrepresentation meant to deceive the reader.  In many cases it is.  A paper lifted from a fraternity or sorority file is a blatant form of academic dishonesty, as is the purchase of a ready-made paper from a "research service" or an internet site.  Such attempts often fail to deceive the reader as intended.  Experiences readers usually recognize such papers because of the marked difference between student prose and professional writing.  Moreover, it takes only minutes to locate a paper posted on the internet.

   Not all plagiarism is deliberate.  Unintentional plagiarism is especially likely to occur during note taking.  It is fatally easy to omit a citation, fail to use quotation marks, or thoughtlessly echo the language of a source.  Even though the writer has not deliberately tried to deceive a reader, he or she has still committed plagiarism.  The penalty for unintentional plagiarism can be as severe for flagrant cribbing from a book or a periodical.




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A paraphrase is among most popular types of a so-called accidental plagiarism.

Hence, itís important to understand how to use it properly.

This guide draws a line between plagiarism and paraphrase and helps to memorize the paraphrase principle better.  

The students who know how to paraphrase, will not plagiarize.

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The Bedford Workshops on Plagiarism  -  A collection of online materials developed by Nick Carbone, this workshop for instructors details suggestions for using portfolios and online discussion tools to help make students' writing and research visible.  Live workshops can be arranged.

Setting Policies to Avoid Plagiarism
By talking about plagiarism and structuring classroom practices early in the term, we can work to avoid the problems of plagiarism before they get started. For ways to discuss plagiarism with your students, the ReadWriteThink lesson plan Research Building Blocks: "Cite Those Sources!" discusses the importance of citing sources to give credit to the authors of their information as students participate in composing an interactive bibliography.

College Composition and Communication subscribers can explore the role of written institutional policies and examples of classroom practices to help teach a concept of plagiarism as situated in context in "Beyond 'Gotcha!': Situating Plagiarism in Policy and Pedagogy" by Margaret Price.

You can find more ideas on the Frequently Requested Topics page on Plagiarism which includes links to additional articles and other resources for all levels.

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