Basic intro to plagiarism
"Definitions of Infractions: The following list is intended to illustrate the types of behaviors that are considered academically dishonest at Castleton. It is only a partial list; other behaviors may, as well, violate the basic principles of academic honesty.
A. Plagiarizing in any form. Plagiarism is stealing. Castleton University defines plagiarism as the act of submitting someone else’s work, words, or ideas (in part or in whole) as if they were one’s own, without proper attribution of credit.
Credit must be attributed to both print and online source materials, including books, periodicals, articles, video, music, and images. The Internet has become a powerful research tool, but students should note that its power also has a double effect: the Internet makes committing and detecting and proving plagiarism much easier.
Additionally, Castleton makes no distinction in the definition of plagiarism on the basis of a student’s intent. Students are responsible for taking pains to familiarize themselves with the citation standards and practices in their respective disciplines and courses to avoid plagiarizing.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the following:
Any student who is unsure whether a particular behavior is permissible under Castleton’s academic honesty policy should consult either the instructor of the course for which the work is being done, the student’s faculty advisor, or the Academic Dean."
Plagiarism Tutorial from Armstrong Atlantic State University's library, including examples of acceptable and unacceptable uses of citing quotations, examples of acceptable and unacceptable uses of paraphrasing/summarizing and quizzes on acceptable quoting and acceptable paraphrasing/summarizing
There are many instances of plagiarism that are purposeful and clearly a form of cheating. However, failing to carefully cite other people's ideas and language in the body of your writing can also be considered plagiarism. It is important to learn to skillfully give credit to your sources in the body of your writing. These are the three main ways other people's ideas can be incorporated in your writing and given credit with an in-text citation or a footnote.
Includes these sections:
Topic Sentences | Framing source material | Signal phrases | Quoting and grammatical sentences
Ellipses | Block Quotations | Single vs. double quotation marks | Punctuating Quotations | Using sic
When you use someone else's language word for word, you indicate this in a quotation. You must attribute the quote to the original source.
Summarizing is putting the main ideas of a source in your own words. Summarized ideas must also be attributed to the original source.
Putting a passage from a source into your own words is paraphrasing. This also must be attributed to the original source.
A book chapter advising students
on using sources responsibly and avoiding plagiarism
"Theft, Fraud, and Loss of Voice" (PDF)
Hjortshoj, Keith. "Theft, Fraud, and Loss of Voice." In Transition to College Writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009.
Short instructional film about behaviors that constitute plagiarism, their consequences, and the best ways to avoid them
What is plagiarism from University of Mississippi, includes a quiz with examples of acceptable use vs. plagiarism for using quotations and paraphrasing