"It is the little writer rather than the great writer who seems never to
and the reason is that he is never actually doing anything else."
What is plagiarism? [download
a PDF version]
According to the Salisbury University
Academic Integrity Policy:
"Plagiarism occurs when a student intentionally
or unintentionally deceives or disregards
proper scholarly procedures; presents information,
ideas or phrasing of another as if they
were his/her own; and/or
does not give appropriate attribution to the original
Plagiarism is using
others' ideas or words without documenting the source of
scholarly procedures require that all quoted
material be identified by quotation
indentation on the page, and the source of
information and ideas, if from another,
identified and be attributed to that source."
Why do students plagiarize?
Ease and convenience of obtaining material from the
View of the Internet as a one-stop source of free material to
be used as needed
Belief that electronic plagiarism is hard to detect
Student-generated values: "Everybody does it,"
"It's cool" and "It's no big deal"
Time-management problems; procrastination
Poor academic preparation: deficits in composition and
research skills; lack of
about proper attribution
Attitudinal problems (e.g., "I'm not interested in this
course; I just need to make a
Societal acceptance of taking whatever measures are
necessary to succeed
Cultural differences in the perception of, and attitudes
How do SU faculty fight plagiarism?
SafeAssign - An increasing number of SU faculty are
using this campus-wide
detection services to review student research papers.
How can SU students take responsibility?
Citation Style Guide
- Blackwell Library has a web guide to assist students in correctly
citing sources obtained
during the research process.
Cases and examples of plagiarized text:
Examples of purported or actual plagiarism - Wikipedia
Cases against plagiarists in colleges -
Ronald B. Standler
How to recognize plagiarism: examples - Indiana University,
School of Education
resources for students
- Webster University
Learn and Practice with these exercises:
Quote It, You Note It - an animated tutorial (Acadia University)
What is Plagiarism: The Movie! - three part flash movie (Rutgers University)
The Plagiarism Court: You Be the Judge (Fairfield
Citing and Documenting Sources (UCLA Library)
Plagiarism Quiz -
practice deciphering between plagiarism and original work