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has two commonly accepted definitions:
present another's work, words, or ideas as one's own
present as original the ideas or work of another.
Whether plagiarism is intentional or accidental, it carries severe
consequences in academic and professional situations. Therefore, the
following information is presented to help you identify ways to avoid
In a time when "sampling" is prevalent in the music industry
and when numerous web pages carry the same information without attribution
to the original source, researchers may get the impression that acknowledging
sources is a practice no longer necessary.
However, this notion is not accurate, as indicated by the specifics
given in Ronald B. Standler's Plagiarism
in Colleges in USA. The cases (involving students, as
well as faculty) presented in the section "Cases
against Plagiarists in Colleges" clearly show the importance
of researching and documenting ethically, some ways plagiarism can
occur, and the severe consequences of plagiarizing.
Many publications have been written regarding plagiarism, some of
which are available on the Internet. This unit's examination of plagiarism
incorporates two of these Internet resources. Please read them carefully:
Plagiarism by Dr. Michael O'Connor at Millikin
University explains deliberate and unintentional plagiarism,
ways to paraphrase correctly, and attribution.
What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It by Writing
Tutorial Services at Indiana University offers a section titled
to Recognize Unacceptable and Acceptable Paraphrases,"
which gives an in-depth discussion about correct ways to paraphrase
and has been used (and cited) by many other Internet entities.
As indicated by the linked readings, when another's work is used as
part of a "product" or project, attribution must be given
to the original creator whether the material used is print, electronic,
digital, visual, tactile, auditory, or in another format. Otherwise,
plagiarism has probably occurred. The next section gives more details
about documenting resources: (why, when, and how).
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