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Plagiarism an introduction
Plagiarism(An Introduction)

For Centennial High School Students and Teachers


Mrs. Mirka

(Teacher Librarian)



“I found your speech to be good and original.

However, the part that was original was not good

and the part that was good was not original.

Samuel Johnson 1707- 1784

What is plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

(And why you should care!)


Plagiarism is using the words, ideas, images, sounds, or the creative expression of others without giving them credit, and then saying that it is your own

The importance of being ethical
The Importance of Being Ethical

Not giving credit for your sources islike robbing the authors of payment for their original work and robbing them of the recognition they deserve for their work

You are also lying to your reader by claiming other people’s work as your own

How serious is the problem
How serious is the problem?

McAbe, in his study of almost 4,500 students at 25 schools suggests,

cheating is . . . a significant problem in high

school - 74% of the respondents admitted to one or

more instances of serious test cheating and 72%

admitted to serious cheating on written

assignments. Over half of the students admitted

they have engaged in some level of plagiarism

on written assignments using the Internet


Students if
Students, if…

You Have


  • you have copied and pasted text or pictures from the Internet without listing the source in your references

  • you are using another student’s or your parents’ work and claiming it as your own, even with their permission.

  • you are quoting a source without using quotation marks – even if you do cite it

  • you are citing sources you didn’t use

  • you are getting a research paper, story poem or article off the Internet

  • you are turning in the same paper for more than one class without the permission of both teachers, (this is called self-plagiarism)


Everyone does it!

It’s okay if

I don’t get caught!

I was too busy to

write that paper!

(Job, big game, too much homework!)

This assignment


I’ve got to get


??? U.!

My teachers


too much!

My parents

expect “A”s!

Think about it
Think about it!

  • When you copy you cheat yourself. You limit your own learning.

  • The consequences are not worth the risks!

  • It is only right to give credit to authors whose ideas you use

  • Citing gives authority to the information you present; your teacher is impressed because it shows you have done your research

  • Citing makes it possible for your readers to locate your source

  • Education is not an “us vs. them” game! It’s about learning to learn!

  • Cheating is unethical behavior

Is your academic

reputation valuable

to you?

Real life consequences
Real life consequences:

Kaaya Viswanathan's novel How Opal Mehta Got Wild, Got Kissed and Got a LifePicture: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Kaavya Viswanathan, a gifted Harvard student, came to public attention when her debut novel was reveled to have been plagiarized


Promising young author with a $500,000.00 book deal and a movie deal with Stephen Spielberg loses all!

Real life
Real life :

The Chiffons, one of the most definitive “girl groups” of the 60’s. Album cover:

George Harrison unintentionally copied portions of his hit “My Sweet Lord” from the song “He’s so fine” by the Chiffons


George had to pay $587,000.00 to settle the court case filed against him

Real life1
Real life :

Photo from WashingtonSpeakersBureau, 2005

Boston Globe Journalist Mike Barnicle was found to have plagiarized a number of his newspaper articles


Mike Barnicle, considered a top journalist, was fired from his job at the Boston Globe

Possible school consequences
Possible school consequences:

  • “0” on the assignment

  • Parent notification

  • Referral to administrators

  • Suspension or dismissal from school courses, activities--sports and extracurricular

  • Note on student record

  • Loss of reputation among the school community

Is it worth

the risk?

Is this important
Is this important?

What if…

  • Your architect cheated his way through math class. Will your new home be safe?

  • Your lawyer paid for a copy of the bar exam to study. Will the contract she wrote for you stand up in court?

  • The accountant who does your taxes hired someone to write his papers and paid a stand-in to take his major tests? Does he know enough to complete your tax forms properly?

    (Lathrop &Foss, 2000, p.87)

Thank you
Thank you

  • This is the end of the slide presentation