Students' Guide to Preventing and Avoiding Plagiarism
Online Dictionary defines Plagiarism using another's words and ideas and
passing them on as your own. Words, ideas, or knowledge are considered the
Intellectual Property of the original author. U.S. Copyright Law protects the author.
When others, including students, use an author's work and present it as their own
without giving proper credit, they are dishonest, and this leads to plagiarism. Over
the past years, with the increase in the use of technology and the Internet to research
and write term papers, students have discovered how much easier and faster it is
cut and paste online information with little regard to citing sources. As a result,
plagiarism is on the rise. Statistics from research and online plagiarism detection
services, such as Plagiarism.Org, support this fact.
for more statistical information.
LIU Post plagiarism policies
Most educational institutions have codes of conduct that are in place to deal with
academic honesty. Plagiarism is usually included in these policies.
Following are the various policies currently in effect at the LIU Post Campus of
Long Island University:
From the Student Handbook (2012-2013, p.40-41), "Academic Conduct"
"The following standards of academic conduct are designed to foster the highest ideals of
academic integrity. These standards, or set of responsibilities, are intended to clarify
expectations for students and instructors. Listed after each one is a description of activities
that violate that standard. Adherence to these standards by all members of the campus community
promotes excellence in teaching and learning." [Definitions and descriptions are adapted
from the UCLA Statement of Academic Integrity in the Department of Student Affairs]
- "Academic Respect for the Work of Others
Plagiarism: representing in any academic activity the words or ideas of another as one's
own (whether knowingly or in ignorance) without proper acknowledgement. This principle applies to
texts published in print or on-line, to manuscripts, to your own work, and to the work of other
students. Acts of plagiarism include but are not limited to:
- paraphrasing ideas, data, or writing (for instance, from web or online databases, books,
periodicals, monographs, maps, charts, pamphlets, and other electronic sources), even if it
constitutes only some of your written assignment, without properly acknowledging the source; or
- using someone's words or phrases and embedding them in your own writing without using quotation
marks and citing the source; or
- quoting material directly from a source, citing the source on the bibliography page, but failing
to mark properly the author's text or materials with quotation marks and a citation; or
- submitting as your own part of or an entire work produced by someone else;
- transferring and using another person's computer file as your own; or
- obtaining papers, tests, and other assessment material from organizations or individuals who
make a practice of collecting papers for resubmission; or
- using visual images, dance performances, musical compositions, theatrical performances, and
other digital resources (PowerPoint presentations, etc.) as your own without proper
- "Academic Self-Respect
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: assisting another to cheat, fabricate, or
plagiarize, including but not limited to:
- allowing another student to copy from you; or
- providing material or other information to another student with knowledge that such assistance
could be used in any of the violations stated above (e.g., giving test information to students in
other sections of the same course); or
- taking a quiz, exam, or similar evaluation in place of another person; or
- signing on the attendance sheet the name of a student who is not present."
- "Academic Honesty
Cheating: Improper application of unauthorized materials, information, or study aids,
including but not limited to:
- obtaining unauthorized prior knowledge of an examination or part of an examination; or
- using resources or instruments on academic tasks not explicitly permitted by the
supervising instructor (e.g., textbook, notes, formula list, calculator, etc.); or
- using any electronic device in an academic exercise or examination that is not explicitly
authorized by the supervising faculty. This includes but is not limited to the Internet,
cell phones, beepers, iPods, headphones, PDAs, and other wireless handheld devices; or
- altering an exam or paper after it has been graded and requesting a grade change; or
- collaborating by sharing information or requesting assistance, when such collaboration
has been explicitly prohibited by the instructor; or
- making use of another person's data or work without proper citation in an assignment; or
- allowing another person to take a quiz, exam, or similar evaluation for you; or
- submitting work with identical or similar content in concurrent courses without
permission of the instructors; or
- resubmitting a work that has already received credit with identical or substantially
similar content in another course without consent of the present instructor."
- "Academic Originality
Fabrication: falsification or invention of any information or citation in an
academic activity, including but not limited to:
- crediting source material that was not used for research; or
- presenting results from research that was not performed; or
- altering data to support research; or
- presenting fabricated excuses for missed assignments, tests, or classes; or
- falsifying documents or records related to credit, grades, status, or other
- "Academic Fairness
Sabotage: this is understood as stealing, concealing, destroying or inappropriately
modifying classroom or other instructional material of another, such as posted exams,
library materials, laboratory supplies, or computer programs."
From the Graduate Bulletin (2012-2013, p. 13-14), "Academic Irregularities"
"In cases of academic irregularities or
dishonesty in examinations or class work,
responsibility for disciplinary action is governed
by the faculty policy contained in the Academic
and cheating are not only serious violations of the
rules, but also may reflect adversely on the
student's reputation as well as on the reputation of
the Campus. Faculty, administrators and the
student body share responsibility for academic
integrity. A student in violation of accepted
academic procedures may be subject to
disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion
from the Campus. Faculty members will report to
the Academic Dean any case of irregular or
dishonest behavior that occurs in the class or in his
or her observation. Students may likewise make
such a report to the faculty member or dean. The
Academic Dean will decide what disposition is to
be made of the charges. Requests for appeals may
be made to the Student/Faculty Appeals Board.
"In the case of a minor infraction that is the
student's first disciplinary offense, the Dean may
authorize the faculty member to dispose of the
charges, limiting the maximum penalty to failure
in the course. The faculty member will make a
report of the incident and the action taken to the
dean and the Judicial Affairs Coordinator.
"In the case of a major infraction, or in the case
of repeat academic offenses, the student may be
subject to suspension or expulsion from the
Campus. If current non-academic disciplinary
action is pending for a student, further disciplinary
action may result, up to and including expulsion
from the Campus."
Review: What constitutes plagiarism?
- Turning in another person's work as your own, and this includes a
paper from free website
- Copying a paper, an excerpt, a paragraph, or a line from a source
without proper acknowledgement (these can be from a print source,
such as a book, journal, monograph, map, chart, or pamphlet, or from a nonprint source, such as the
web and online databases
- Taking materials from a source, supplying proper documentation, but
leaving out quotation marks
- Paraphrasing materials from a source without documentation of that source
- Purchasing a paper from a research service or a commercial term paper mill
- Sharing or swapping from a local source (from student papers that
were previously submitted)
- Creating invalid or faked citations
- What will happen to you if you plagiarize?
- You may have to:
- Repeat the assignment
- Fail the course
- Face possible suspension
How can you avoid plagiarizing?
Acknowledge sources by giving credit. If you don't, intentionally or not, it is plagiarism.
What are some sources that need to be credited or acknowledged?
Books, periodicals, pamphlets, charts, statistics, maps, interviews, television, radio,
Internet, online databases, and many other types of material. When credit is properly
attributed, you reduce the chance of plagiarizing.
Some tips on preventing plagiarism:
Be organized - from the onset of a research project, establish order while
gathering information. This will help to alleviate confusion and problems, especially when
the time comes for the bibliography, works cited, and reference pages to be prepared.
Use a note card to identify the following:
- Source (citation) - common sources:
- Book: Author, Title, Publisher, Place and Year of publication
- Periodical: Author, Title of Article and Periodical, Year, Vol. Issue and Pages
- Internet: URL/Web Address, Author ,Title, and the Date site was accessed
- Quotes - note the page numbers, enclose quoted material in
quotation marks, and include a link to the source.
- Paraphrasing/Summarizing - in your notes, indicate points and ideas
in your own words and, again, create a parenthetical reference to the source.
To cite, use the Citation Style page on the Library Homepage:
- If the information is factual or well documented, (e.g. John F. Kennedy
was a democrat), then it not imperative to cite.
- If the information requires credit or documentation, cite it.
- Information on the Internet, including research papers from
paper mills, is available to all (student and professor).
- Professors are experts in their fields, and knowledgeable about current and past research.
If you need additional assistance consult:
By adhering to the five principles of the
"respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for property, respect for authority,
and honesty," charges for ethical misconduct such as plagiarism can be prevented.
Updated November 2012