Avoiding Plagiarism by Citing Sources
The purpose of this guideline is to assist students in the practice of citing sources in order to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s ideas and/or words as your own work. It is acceptable practice to use someone else’s ideas and/or words to strengthen your own argument; however, you must provide proper citation to the original source of the words and/or ideas. Plagiarism is a serious academic infraction and the goal of this guide is to assist you in avoiding the pitfalls and punishment associated with plagiarism.
The School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences is committed to helping students avoid plagiarism in the course work they submit. Plagiarism means presenting someone else's ideas and/or words as if they were your own. If you paraphrased or summarized someone’s ideas or words without documenting the source, you are misleading the reader into believing that another persons’ words or ideas are your own. As teachers, we have no way of verifying what was intentional and what was accidental. Either way, you have committed plagiarism. Luckily, it is easy to avoid. Whenever you use an idea that you found somewhere, say where you found it. In other words, provide a citation to the original source.
Citing to Avoid Plagiarism
The purpose of this guide is not to teach students the proper citation methods. Different disciplines use different citation styles (such as APA or MLA) and different teachers demand different levels of rigor in following them. The styles themselves are revised from time to time and, in practice, you will probably use Endnote or Procite or some other software to perform the mechanical steps of preparing the documentation anyway. How you cite your source has nothing to do with plagiarism. Plagiarism deals with whether you cited your source. Whenever you use an idea or words that you found somewhere, say...
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