In the world of academia, the only really unforgivable sin is cheating. The most common method of cheating is plagiarism. So, I must do my duty as an educator to tell you a little bit about plagiarism and send you to some handy-dandy websites that will delve into the topic in far greater depth.
So here’s the scoop…
- Most teachers can tell when a student makes a boo-boo. That’s okay because it’s not intentional.
- Also, most teachers can tell when a student is really trying to copy, cut-and-paste, and use someone else’s material in their own papers — without giving credit. That’s not okay because it is intentional.
- Essentially, plagiarism is pretending that someone else’s words or ideas are yours. You’re “stealing” someone else’s brain power and not giving them credit. Plagiarism is being lazy and sneaky at the same time. That’s a no-no in a big way.
So, how are you going to learn about such things? There are brochures, pamphlets, and I’m sure books written about this subject. Gee whiz, the MLA Handbook is filled with this stuff. However, I feel that you can find just about everything you need to know by scouring a few good websites.
How To Avoid Plagiarism Resources
- The Online Writing Lab at Purdue (Links to an external site.):
- The College Board (Links to an external site.):
- Ask.com (Links to an external site.):
- Indiana University (Links to an external site.):
- The University of Wisconsin (Links to an external site.):
- Plagiarism.org (Links to an external site.):
- Northwestern University (Links to an external site.):
- University of Maryland (Links to an external site.):
- Rutgers University (Links to an external site.):
Again, in the academic world, there is only one really unforgivable sin. That’s cheating, and the most common form of cheating is plagiarism. Plagiarism is serious stuff. In my class, it is the only unforgivable sin – and the penalty is pretty severe (so don’t do it!) I, of course, follow our college’s rules on plagiarism and cheating. Again, avoid at all costs! However, I realize that it is unfair to penalize students regarding plagiarism without first teaching about it.
So, I will ask that you conduct a bit of research and answer a few questions about the stuff you find. Please respond in your own words. Do not copy and paste, please. However, it would be easier if you copied and pasted the questions — then answered them in your own words — then upload those answers, please.
- At Purdue University’s Online Writing Laboratory (Links to an external site.)
- I would like you to visit the section entitled, “Is It Plagiarism Yet?” and do the following:
- Tell me the five things for which you need to give credit.
- Tell me your understanding of “common knowledge.”
- Please visit www.plagiarism.org (Links to an external site.) and
- Briefly summarize (and clearly identify) each the eleven types of plagiarism.
- Summarize the four ideas shared under “writing your paper” (in the Prevention section)
- At the University of Wisconsin (Links to an external site.)
- Please explain the difference between “word-for-word plagiarism,” “patchwork paraphrase,” and “legitimate paraphrase.”
- Please summarize the ideas shared in “Should I paraphrase or quote?”
- At Washington State University (Links to an external site.).
- Please summarize the “Cultural perspectives on plagiarism” — and clearly explain how American and international students view/treat plagiarism differently.
- Duke University’s Library (Links to an external site.):.
- Please work your way through the plagiarism tutorial and tell me what you learned on this site – that you did not learn from the previous four websites listed above.