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Ethics: Avoiding Plagiarism
The UVSC "Students Rights and Responsibilities" state, "Each student is expected to maintain academic ethics and avoid dishonesty in all its forms, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism..." (UVSC Catalog 2003-2004, 29).
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is defined as "the act of appropriating any other person's or group's ideas or work (written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof and passing them off as the product of one's own work in any academic exercise or activity" (UVSC Catalog 2003-2004, 29). Plagiarism can be done intentionally or unintentionally.
Types of plagiarism include the following:
You need to give credit for anything that is not common knowledge. Common knowledge is information that can easily be found in a wide variety of resources (i.e. birth dates or places).
Why Should I Give Credit To Other Authors
Giving credit to authors adds to your credibility as a writer. It demonstrates you have done research and know what other people are saying about your subject. Responding to their ideas gives you credibility and establishes that you are trying to participate in the academic discussion. Providing citations also gives your reader the opportunity to refer to your sources for further information.
Plagiarism destroys creditability because ideas are owned by the person who originated them, and using another author's ideas constitutes dishonest behavior. Using your own ideas will create pride and ownership in your own work.
How Do I Avoid Plagiarism?
Be accurate in note taking and when cutting and pasting from the Internet.
Be careful when writing your paper.
REMEMBER: When in doubt, cite the material.
Utah Valley State College Writing Center. "Ethics: Avoiding Plagiarism." Utah Valley State College. No Date. 24 Feb 2005.