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What is Plagiarism

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Tiferes Citation and Plagiarism Guide 


What is Plagiarism?



Cheating is the act of getting unauthorized help on an assignment, quiz or exam.


Plagiarism is the act of misrepresenting someone else’s work as your own.  
Works can include written material, web information, images, music, graphs, e-mails - and even ideas!  Giving credit to the person who thought up the idea, created the art or wrote that web entry is ethical, respectful and academically honest. Would you want someone to take your original work and pass it off as their own?  Probably not.


Different types of Plagiarism:

  • Intentional - where someone sets out to deceive by deliberately handing work in that is not their own.
  • Unintentional - when someone fails to cite information (either in-text or on the Works Cited or References page).
  • Unintentional - when someone fails to place quotation marks around a word-for-word quotation.


Why do people Plagiarize? What can you do about it?

  • Laziness  - understand that you are cheating yourself out of a learning experience.
  • Why reinvent the wheel? - true research usually involves analyzing, interpreting and formulating new ideas.
  • Failure to plan and manage time - please see the Remedial page for some time management and organization strategies.
  • Unclear about the criteria for the assignment - speak to the teacher well before the assignment is due.
  • Searching rather than researching - researching involves finding material to support YOUR ideas.






Tutorial on Plagiarism:


Visit this site and go through the tutorial:  http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/



[1] IMAGE: Bedrosian, Wesley. Cartoon. Beat the Cheat: Teaching Students (and Parents) It's Not OK to Copy. Edutopia. Web. 28 Nov. 2011. <http://www.edutopia.org/images/graphics/plagiarism.jpg>.



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