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How to Avoid Plagiarism: Plagiarism

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   for the entire Hun community and to ensure that students are effective, innovative users of ideas & information.

Why is it Wrong to Plagiarize?

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is wrong because it is:

DISHONEST to get a grade for work that someone else did.

UNFAIR to students who do their own work.

WRONG to take something that belongs to someone else: property, words, or ideas.

CHEATING yourself, since you learn nothing from turning in someone else's work.

HARMFUL to the excellent reputation of our school, and to the value of your diploma.

DUMB, because it may become part of your school record and prevent you from getting into college or getting a job.



Plagiarism: Passing off someone else's work as if it were your own.

Attribution: Giving credit; giving the source of your information

Citation: A note identifying the source of a quotation, idea, opinion or fact

Footnote / endnote: A citation (see above) either at the bottom of a page, or at the end of a paper

Bibliography: A document at the end of a paper listing all of the sources that were consulted to write the paper

Intellectual Property: A person's original ideas of work, usually protected by copyright law

Common Knowledge: Ordinary information that most people know or that is not disputed, such as: President Kennedy was elected in 1960.

General Guide to Plagiarism

Whenever you write a paper or give a presentation in which you use words, ideas, opinions or images that are from some other source, and are not your own original creations, you must give credit to the source.

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