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HIST 133 African American History to 1865 - Prof Carr - Spring 2021: What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is . . .

WCC Academic Honesty Policy

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

If a student is found guilty of academic dishonesty, faculty members have the right to either:

  1. Fail the student for the assignment/test.
  2. Fail the student for the course.
  3. File a letter of complaint, describing the infraction, with the Academic Dean of Student Personnel Services or any combination of the above. The Dean may elect to pursue College disciplinary action against a student who is reported to that office for a subsequent act of academic dishonesty.

A second reported infraction may result in suspension. A third reported infraction may result in expulsion at the discretion of the Vice President and Dean, Student Development and Support Services.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoid Plagiarism!

Answer these questions to determine if you are plagiarizing:

Question

Do I need to cite?

Am I plagiarizing?

Is it my own idea?

No

No, because it your own original idea.

Am I using someone else’s idea?

Yes

If you cite the source you are not plagiarizing.

Am I quoting someone else’s words?

Yes

You are not plagiarizing if you use quotation marks and cite the source.

 

You are plagiarizing if you do not quote, cite and give credit to the author! This is cheating because you are using someone else’s work and pretending that it is your own.

Am I using someone else’s idea, but putting it into my own words?

Yes.

If you are paraphrasing or summarizing someone else’s work you need to cite the source.

You are not plagiarizing if you cite the source.

 

You are plagiarizing if you do not quote, cite and give credit to the author! This is cheating because you are using someone else’s work and pretending that it is your own.

 

 

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