Plagiarism: Recognizing and Avoiding It! Barb Falkinburg OTFC Fall 2006
What Is Plagiarism? Definition the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work. Source: Dictionary.com
What Is Plagiarism? • Representing someone else’s work as your own • Turning in a paper you downloaded from the Internet • Turning in a paper someone else wrote in a previous class • Having someone else write your paper
What Is Plagiarism? • Copying and Pasting • Copying directly from a book • Copying and pasting from an internet or database website • Overusing direct quotes
What Is Plagiarism? • Inaccurate or incomplete paraphrasing • Using the same ideas in the same sequence • Not citing the use of someone’s ideas • Not integrating your own ideas or analysis
What Is Plagiarism? Can you identify plagiarism? Take this quick quiz to test your understanding! (Requires Internet access)
What Is Common Knowledge? As a general rule, you do not need to give credit if you find the same information in more than one source. This is true even if it is a fact you did not personally know
When Do I Need to Cite a Source? • The information is not your own idea or concept • You gain information from an interview, either face to face, on the telephone, via email, or on the Internet • When you directly quote a text or article • When you use diagrams, illustrations, or photos you have not created
How Do I Cite Sources? • MLA • APA • Chicago Manual of Style • Turabian (similar to Chicago) • Handouts from BCPS Office of Library Information Services onLINE site • Full MLA (9 page Word document) • Quick MLA guide (2 page Word document)
Websites Which Construct Citations • Easy Bib • Citation Machine • Noodle Tools Use these websites to create your bibliography!
Further Reading on Plagiarism • The OWL at Perdue University • How to Avoid Plagiarism from Penn State • Plagiarism resources from Answers.com • Plagiarism: What Is It and How to Recognize and Avoid It from Indiana University
Protect Intellectual Property! Give credit where credit is due!