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Preventing Plagiarism: A Student Guide

           "It is the little writer rather than the great writer who seems never to quote,
            and the reason is that he is never actually doing anything else."
                                                                                                         Havelock Ellis

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 source."
    In other words...
    Plagiarism is using others' ideas or words without documenting the source of
    that information.
   "Proper scholarly procedures require that all quoted material be identified by quotation
    marks or indentation on the page, and the source of information and ideas, if from another,
    must be identified and be attributed to that source."

Why do students plagiarize?
      Ease and convenience of obtaining material from the Internet
      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
        knowledge about proper attribution
      Attitudinal problems (e.g., "I'm not interested in this course; I just need to make a
        passing grade")
      Societal acceptance of taking whatever measures are necessary to succeed
      Cultural differences in the perception of, and attitudes toward, plagiarism

How do SU faculty fight plagiarism?
      SafeAssign - An increasing number of SU faculty are using this campus-wide plagiarism
        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
      Plagiarism resources for students - Webster University

Learn and Practice with these exercises:
      You 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 University)
      Citing and Documenting Sources (UCLA Library)
      Plagiarism Quiz - practice deciphering between plagiarism and original work
       (Indiana University).