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Writing

Plagiarism

Per NDNU Student Conduct Code, "Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit."  Plagiarism is cheating and is viewed as "academic dishonesty" and therefore, "academic misconduct."

 

You have plagiarized when you...

  • Turn in someone else's paper or essay as your own
  • Copy sections from another sources without properly citing the source
  • Copy and paste sections from a web page into your paper without properly citing the source. Information found on the Internet is not free
  • You express the ideas of another author and pretend they are your own original ideas

 

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit by citing sources whenever you use:

  • another person’s idea, opinion, or theory
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge
  • quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words
  • paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words

 

You don’t need to cite sources when the information you write about are common facts, your own original research, and/or your own opinions and evaluations.

 

Some tips to avoid unintentional plagiarism

  • Start early! Research and writing may take much longer if the students' native language is not English. It might take you longer to finish your research paper.
  • Take accurate notes when you are doing research.
  • Write down the complete citation for each item you might use. If you have made copies of journal articles, book chapters, or other materials, be sure that the author, title, subtitle, date, and all the other necessary citation information is on the photocopy. If you aren't sure what information is needed for a citation, check the citation style you will be using.
  • Follow required style guide (APA, MLA) when you are writing your paper to properly credit your sources.
  • When in doubt, cite!

 

Nobody likes a copycat: The ethical use of information - Thank you La Trobe University Library!