Step 8 - Understanding Issues of Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the presentation of others' ideas as your own. It is still plagiarism even if you do not do it intentionally. It can be found in many different forms. Here are some common examples.
- Quoting someone's words but not properly citing the authors information.
- Paraphrasing an idea and not citing the source.
- Using someones image, audio, video, spreadsheet, etc without proper citation
- Buying or submitting some else's research paper
- Citing a source with fake bibliographic information
- Submitting a paper you wrote for a previous class in your current class
- Having someone else write all or part of your paper
- Using all or parts of a speech found on the Internet without citing it.
When you properly cite your sources:
You gain educational skills in the areas of research, time management, analysis, evaluation and writing.
- You acknowledge and show respect to the original writer.
- You strengthen your paper by using ideas given by experts in the field as support.
- You connect your paper and ideas to a larger conversation in the field.
Consequences of Plagiarism
Under “Unacceptable Student Behavior” section “Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty that are intended to gain unfair academic advantage” are unacceptable and may involve disciplinary action. (Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism) Legally, the “Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students may include, but is not limited to, the following: blocking the possibility of substituting a grade earned later in the same course, a written reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion”. The student may have to go through a legal hearing on campus once they are accused of plagiarism. (CSU Fresno Judicial Affairs, 2006)
- Cite all research used in your paper at both the end of your paper and after your reference to it in your paper. Use the appropriate Citation Style required (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc).
- Take accurate bibliographic notes throughout your research.