Avoiding Plagiarism

If it is not an original thought or a personal experience, it MUST be cited!
After completely understanding the above statement, in order to avoid plagiarism, carefully read The Lair, which systematically outlines Mercer’s policy on plagiarism.

You must do your own work and think your own thoughts. This means you cannot cheat on a test by copying another student’s answers, by texting someone for help, or by looking something up when that is not allowed. In addition to the citation of direct quotations, citations are required for any reference that comes out of the text – even if it is not a direct quotation!

When Mortenson participated in the temple worship, he began to understand the nature of submission (Mortenson and Relin, 58).

The above is not a direct quotation, but those are NOT my thoughts or my experience. They must be cited. As you explicate the importance of the above statement, which is your interpretation, then the thoughts are yours.

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit 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

There is no excuse for plagiarism! Today’s students spend much of their time on line and can find the answer to almost anything. Here are some additional web sites to answer most of your questions about plagiarism. However, when in doubt, ask your professor.

http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/plagiarism.html
http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_what_is_plagiarism.html

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/
http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml