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Plagiarism Prevention and Academic Integrity Resources: About Plagiarism

Infomation about plagiarism, citations, and paraphrasing.

This guide serves as a starting place for resources on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. In this guide you will find:

  • Definitions of plagiarism and academic integrity

  • Shoreline Community College's policies relating to plagiarism and academic integrity

  • Plagiarism tutorials and resources

  • How to credit your sources: guides and resources

  • Resources on quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing information from other sources in your assignments
  • Where to get support

Definitions

Shoreline Community College defines Plagiarism as...

"Plagiarism includes taking and using as one’s own, without proper attribution, the ideas, writings, or work of another person in completing an academic assignment. Prohibited conduct may also include the unauthorized submission for credit of academic work that has been submitted for credit in another course."

Policies for Students - Shoreline Community College - Acalog ACMSTM.” Accessed February 2, 2022.

Academic integrity is...

"the commitment to and demonstration of honest and moral behavior in an academic setting. This is most relevant at the university level as it relates to providing credit to other people when using their ideas. In simplest terms, it requires acknowledging the contributions of other people. Failure to provide such acknowledgement is considered plagiarism." (2022). The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License)

La Trobe University Library. (2015, January 20). Nobody likes a copycat: The ethical use of information—YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fqInW0F6mc

Shoreline CC's Policies

5 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

5 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism infographic Keep Track of Your Sources As you search across Google, the library website, and other resources, save materials you plan to use. Either print them out or save them electronically.  Take Good Notes Keep a list of all the sources (incl. page numbers or URLs) you gathered. Mark the section(s) of sources your will be using.  Ask Your Instructor If you have a question about integrating sources into your paper, ask your professor.  Visit the Writing Center  You can get the practical help you need to make you a better writer.  Don't Procrastinate Plan ahead! Do not wait until the last minute, as this will lead to sloppy work. Stay organized.

1. Keep Track of Your Sources
As you search across Google, the library website, and other resources, save materials you plan to use. Either print them out or save them electronically.

2. Take Good Notes
Keep a list of all the sources (incl. page numbers or URLs) you gathered. Mark the section(s) of sources your will be using.

3. Ask Your Instructor
If you have a question about integrating sources into your paper, ask your professor.

4. Visit the Writing Studio
You can get the practical help you need to make you a better writer.

5. Don't Procrastinate
Plan ahead! Do not wait until the last minute, as this will lead to sloppy work. Stay organized.

Examples

It's important to be aware of what is considered plagiarism. All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

Plagiarism in the News

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About this Guide

This guide was adapted from one originally created by James Emond, Reference & Instruction Librarian at Bristol Community College

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