Recognize and overcome common pitfalls during the research and writing process that might lead to unintentionally appropriating someone else's words and ideas.
Librarians, Writing Center Tutors, and Faculty can help!
Scroll down to Colby's statement on academic honesty.
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 may dismiss the offender from the course with a mark of F (which is a permanent entry on the student's academic record) and will report the case to the department chair and the dean of students, who may impose other or additional penalties 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. A student is entitled to appeal charges of academic dishonesty to the Appeals 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."|
Colby College Catalogue 2013-2014
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.
There are many opportunities to create your own accounts in online indexes and catalogs that can capture your search strategies and results; please ask if these are not obvious. Also, investigate using bibliographic managment tools such as EndNote, 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.
21 minutes (in seven segments) about plagiarism, why it's bad, and how to avoid it.