Monday, April 16, 2012

Avoiding Plagiarism

"plagiarism noun"  Oxford Dictionary of English. Edited by Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2010. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  University of Rio Grande.  16 April 2012

In the academic community, plagiarism is considered a serious offense—an act of lying, cheating and stealing.  As indicated in the definition above, plagiarism involves claiming another’s intellectual property as your own.  It’s important to give credit where credit is due. 

Committing plagiarism violates the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College Academic Integrity Policy, which is found on “Page 11” of URG/RGCC 2011-12 Student Handbook, and could result not only in a failing grade, but suspension from the institution as well.

For a detailed description of plagiarism and how to avoid it, watch the following video offered on YouTube by Georgia's Bainbridge College:


The following links also provide additional information:

 “You Quote It, You Note It!” – Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada:

“Oops! I Plagiarized” – University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Library:

“Avoiding Plagiarism” – Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana: – iParadigms, LLC (producers of Turnitin, a tool used by educators to check the originality of student work):

Still unsure how to avoid plagiarism?  Just… Ask Us!

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