Recognize and overcome common pitfalls during the research and writing process that might lead to unintentionally appropriating someone else's words and ideas.
OWL: Safe Practices
OWL: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing
Purdue’s much respected Online Writing Lab (OWL), offers a wealth of clear information about avoiding plagiarism and correctly using and formatting citations. These two pages may be particularly helpful in avoiding unintentional plagiarism.
“Academic Honesty” - Farnham Writers' Center
In addition to tutoring and other services, the Farnham’s Writers’ Center offers this advice about avoiding academic dishonesty.
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Most of these examples are taken from Gordon Harvey's Writing with Sources (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1998), pp.23-28.
"Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are serious offenses. For the first offense, the instructor will report the case to the Coordinator of Academic Integrity, who may impose a sanction up to and including suspension or expulsion. This report becomes part of the student's confidential file and is destroyed six years after graduation or the last date of attendance. A second offense automatically leads to suspension or expulsion. Students may not withdraw passing from a course in which they have been found guilty of academic dishonesty. If a student does not accept responsibility for the charge of academic dishonesty, an investigation will be initiated by the Academic Honesty Review Board. The decision of the board shall be final and binding.
The College also views misrepresentations to faculty within the context of a course as a form of academic dishonesty. Students lying to or otherwise deceiving faculty are subject to dismissal from the course with a mark of F and possible additional disciplinary action.
Student accountability for academic dishonesty extends beyond the end of a semester and even after graduation. If Colby determines following the completion of a course or after the awarding of a Colby degree that academic dishonesty has occurred, the College may change the student's grade in the course, issue a failing grade, and rescind credit for the course and/or revoke the Colby degree.
Without the approval of all the instructors involved, registration for two or more courses scheduled to meet concurrently is a form of academic dishonesty."
21 minutes (in seven segments) about plagiarism, why it's bad, and how to avoid it.
Keep a research log in which you record search strategies (where you searched and what terms you used) and complete citation information for each source consulted.
Databases and catalogs often provide options to save your searches. Also, investigate citation managment tools such as EndNote, Zotero, RefWorks, etc.
Use quotation marks in your notes to make it clear when you are using someone else's words or ideas.
Don't cite a source you haven't read, heard or viewed.
Keep your notes and drafts of your papers for at least a semester after the course.
See if you can explain your ideas to a friend without referring to your notes. If you can't, or if you find yourself using other people's language, you may need to increase your own understanding of the subject before writing the paper or giving the presentation.
Guidelines for referencing evidence in your assignments.
You should cite:
--Neville: Complete Guide to Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism
Please check for specific guidelines with your professor. Some examples:
If a study group works on assigned problems, each member of the group should write up the solution from scratch on their own without further consultation with the other members of the group.
The solutions that you hand in must be your own work, not copied from someone else. You should independently write mathematical solutions to the problems to be sure you understand the general principles as well as the specific answer.