Recognize and overcome common pitfalls during the research and writing process that might lead to unintentionally appropriating someone else's words and ideas.
OWL: Best Practices
OWL: Plagiarism Exercise
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.
Colby Writing Program Online Resources
Other helpful sites.
Farnham Writers' Center
Located in Miller Library, the center offers personal tutoring and other writing help.
Librarians, Writing Center Tutors, and Faculty can help! Reach out!
Scroll down to see Colby's statement on academic honesty.
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Most of these examples are taken from Gordon Harvey's Writing with Sources (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1998), pp.23-28.
"Intellectual integrity is a fundamental value of all academic institutions and is at the heart of the teaching, learning, and research activities of the College. Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are serious offenses. Finding an instance of academic dishonesty, the instructor will report the case to the academic integrity coordinator. If the student does not accept responsibility for the charge of academic dishonesty, an investigation will be initiated. The Academic Review Board will review the case and may impose a sanction up to and including suspension or expulsion. The decision of the board shall be final and binding. The report becomes part of the student’s confidential file and is destroyed six years after graduation or the last date of attendance. Students may not drop or withdraw from a course in which they have been found guilty of academic dishonesty (unless approved by the Academic Review Board).
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.
Students who are found responsible for academic dishonesty in a course, while that course is still in session, are not allowed to complete a course evaluation for that course. Students who are found responsible for academic dishonesty in a course will not be allowed to write a letter for the promotion or tenure of the professor of that course.
Without the approval of all the instructors involved, registration for two or more courses scheduled to meet concurrently is a form of academic dishonesty."
16 minute video about plagiarism, why it's bad, and how to avoid it. From the database Academic Video Online.
"A Student’s Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism and Understanding Citations." , directed by Ronald C. Meyer. , produced by Paul Lee, Ronald C. Meyer, and Centre Communications. , Alexander Street, 2019. Alexander Street, https://video-alexanderstreet-com.colby.idm.oclc.org/watch/a-student-s-guide-to-avoiding-plagiarism-and-understanding-citations.
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.