What Is Plagiarism? • Using the words, ideas and opinions of others as your own without reference to the actual author.
Why Do Students Cheat? • We gain our opinions and ideas about issues through conversations, reading and the Internet, but often neglect to mention those sources • The concept of plagiarism doesn't exist in some cultures • Academic-performance anxiety • Ignorance • The outright act of stealing others ideas and hoping to get away with it
How Does Plagiarism Hurt A Students Work? • Citation shows that the writer’s work is part of a textual conversation. • Not citing resources misleads the author’s audience, destroys your credibility, and corrupts the textual conversation.
Strategies To Avoid Plagiarism • Ask the following questions about your work: • How reliable are my sources? • Have I used my sources accurately? • Have I given credit to everyone who has contributed to my work?
MLA Citation • When using someone else’s work within your own you must give that person the credit they deserve. The excepted citation style within the Humanities is called MLA.
MLA Citation • When using MLA citation, we cite the author and the page number by the particular passage (Hallenbeck 7). • Next we provide our readers with a work cited page, so that they can search out that source if they would like to know more on the subject.
MLA and Work Cited • Citation on the work cited page is structured as follows: Author. “Title of Essay.” Title of Book. Ed. Editor’s Name. Town: Publishing Company, year published. Page Number(s). • Feldman, Paula R. British Women Poets of the Romantic Era. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997. 472-82. • More, Hannah. “The Black Slave Trade: A Poem.” British Women Poets of the Romantic Era. Ed. Paula R. Feldman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997. 472-82.