We know you have come to this tutorial because you are a serious writer who wants to write well — and correctly! You have probably heard the word plagiarism and would like to understand it better. You have come to the right place. In this tutorial, you’ll learn:
In this module you will learn:
• What plagiarism is
• How to recognize seven basic types of plagiarism
• How to avoid plagiarizing
• The difference between common knowledge and information that should be cited
• Writing good paraphrases
• Citing images, videos and music
Want to test your knowledge about plagiarism? Take this short quiz by the Excelsior Online Writing Lab !
Watch this brief 3:38 min. video on plagiarism by Utah State University Libraries. Mohave Community College also uses Turnitin software in Schoology to check student writing for citation mistakes or inappropriate copying. MCC students also found plagiarizing are subject to academic, and where appropriate, disciplinary sanctions.
According to the MCC Student Code of Conduct, plagiarism is defined as “intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism. False Citation, incorrect or inadequate citation of sources, and purchasing, downloading, or using papers written by another individual is also included under plagiarism."
Students found in violation of the MCC Honor Policy outlined in the MCC Student Code of Conduct are subject to academic, and where appropriate, disciplinary sanctions.
Submitting another's work, word-for-word, as ones own
Combines perfectly cited sources with copied
Contains significant portions of text
Mixes copied material from multiple sources
Changing key words and phrases but
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Includes citations to non-existent or inaccurate information about sources
Paraphrases from multiple sources, made to fit together
Includes proper citation to sources but the paper contains almost no original work
Borrows generously from the writer's previous work without citation
Includes proper citation, but relies too closely on the text's original wording and/or structure
"Types of Plagiarism." Plagiarism.org. IParadigms, n.d. Web. 07 May 2015. http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101
The best way to avoid plagiarism is to become a good writer! This requires a lot of hard work, and it takes time. So be sure to allow enough time to write your paper. Do not wait until the last minute!
On the following pages, you will see a series of specific suggestions on how to avoid plagiarism, including proper citation, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
Watch the video below to learn about ways you can avoid plagiarism in your writing.