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First-Year Skills: Avoiding Plagiarism

  The Academic Honesty Policy of Manor College

Manor College expects that its students will uphold the principles of truth and honesty in the performance of all academic work.  Plagiarism (the unacknowledged use of another person's words or assistance) and academic cheating (falsifying data, submitting without instructor's approval work in one course which was done for another, actually doing another student's work, and/or the use of any unauthorized aid) are prohibited.

Digital plagiarism (cutting, pasting and copying sections of an article written by another; downloading papers from a "paper mill" web site and submitting as work written by the student; utilizing any graphics or audio or video clips without permission; and submitting any work with an electronic source without correct citation) is strictly prohibited and a violation of fair use and intellectual property rights.

The Assistant Dean of Academic Support & Retention will be formally notified of any violations of this policy.  The penalty for the first violation will be the grade of F for the assignment.  Any subsequent violations will result in a grade of F for the course and possible dismissal from the college.

What is Plagiarism??


Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary states, to "plagiarize" means

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source



That's easy. Make sure that your writing is yours and when its not, that you have a proper citation. Citations give credit where its due and there are a few different styles to use. Your professor will let you which style they prefer, but MLA and APA are the most common. Click on some of the other tabs in this Guide and, as always, we are here to help. Ask a Librarian about any research questions you may have!

Compare your work with this helpful checklist

Wait. Did I Just Plagiarize???


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