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Avoiding Plagiarism - A Guide for Students

What is Plagiarism?
According to the Connecticut College Honor Code, "Plagiarism occurs when academic work does not reflect the student's personal and original words, word-grouping or ideas. For Example, plagiarism consists of:
  1. handing in a paper which is not one's own work;
  2. using the language of another writer without proper documentation (e.g. footnotes, quotation marks, paranthetical documentation, bibliography);
  3. using the ideas, arguments, or organization of another writer without proper acknowledgement;
  4. submitting a paper as original work in one course when the paper has already received credit in another course (unless prearranged with the professor)".

Connecticut College Honor Code

Ignorance of plagiarism is not a defense. Make a point of familiarizing yourself with the section on academic integrity and plagiarism in the Student Handbook

Avoiding Plagiarism:

According to the MLA Style Manual, the best way to avoid plagiarism is to "document everything that you borrow: not only direct quotations and paraphrases but also information and ideas" (Gibaldi 151). There are a number of sources to help you properly credit your souces: Plagiarism and the Internet:
The Internet provides access to a seemingly inexhaustable amount of information. While there is scholarly information availalbe on the web, when using it for research purposes you need to critically evaluate, and cite, the sources you find.

The ease with which text can be cut and pasted from one document into another makes citing web sources all the more critical. Be aware that there are services available (e.g. that allow faculty to check papers against content found on the Internet, including term paper mills. When using the Internet for research, make sure you record the URL and date and time you retrieved the information and include that in your citation.

Further Assistance:
Plagiarism is a serious issue. If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism or how to properly cite your sources, talk with your instructor. Help is also available from the Writing Center in Blaustein and the Shain Library Reference Desk.

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. New York: The
Modern Language Association of America, 1998.

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