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If you submit someone else's work as your own, you commit plagiarism. To attempt to earn credit for someone else's work is a fraudulent act, whether the original work is published or unpublished.
Misleading your instructor and other readers about the source of your work constitutes plagiarism even if you have permission of the original author to do so, whether explicit permission (e.g., friends conspire to submit the same paper for credit) or implicit permission (e.g., a student downloads a paper from a Web site or copies a paper from an organization's files.)
There are 3 common types of plagiarism you must avoid when writing your paper.
1.) NOT USING QUOTATION MARKS:
- When you use someone else's words, always put them in quotation marks and cite the source within the body of the text as well as on your Works Cited page.
- When you use quotation marks, you must use the exact words of the author.
- Use quotations only when it is absolutely essential for the reader to know exactly what
that particular person said word for word.
- Numerical information must be attributed to its source, but you need not put quotation
marks around numbers.
2.) PARAPHRASING IS TOO SIMILAR TO SOURCE:
- It is plagiarism to use someone else's sequence of sentences and just change a few words or their position in each sentence.
- If you find yourself with the source of information in one hand while you are writing your report in the other hand, then there is a good chance you are plagiarizing. Consult your textbook for tips and guidelines for appropriate paraphrasing.
3.) NOT CITING THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION
- Your sources deserve credit for ideas as well as exact language. Use attributive tags and in text citation.
- All information/ideas that you obtain from someone else that are not common knowledge must be cited both internally and on the Works Cited page, whether you are paraphrasing or quoting.
- If you have doubts about whether an idea or fact is common knowledge, or if you think your readers might mistakenly consider an idea to have originated with you when it did not, cite your source. If you need guidance, consult your instructor.
PLAGIARISM AND MARQUETTE
Marquette has taken a strong stance against plagiarism. In addition to the Academic honesty policies and procedures, the university utilizes Turnitin.com's Originality Checking, software which generates a report that compares submitted text against a continuously updated database of millions of pages of previously submitted student papers, journal articles and accessible internet sites. Faculty use the Originality Report to evaluate student work for proper citations and attribution, as well as for plagiarism.
For additional information regarding Turnitin and plagiarism please visit the Turnitin/Plagiarism research guide from the Raynor Memorial Libraries.