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Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: 5a. Avoid Plagiarism
This guide walks you through the steps of the research process.
Created by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University, this tutorial explains plagiarism and discusses its legal and ethical consequences. It provides notetaking, documentation, and writing strategies to help you avoid accidental plagiarism.
Created by the Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University, this tutorial suggests that researching ethically is also researching efficiently. You will learn how to avoid plagiarism and pick up some good research tips too. (Works best in Internet Explorer or Firefox).
Real World Examples
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Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct and is defined as "representing the words, data, works, ideas, computer program or output, or anything not generated in an authorized fashion as one’s own" (p. 23).
Plagiarism may take many forms:
copying information directly without providing quotation marks,
failing to cite sources, or
citing sources incorrectly.
It does not matter whether you intended to plagiarize or whether the plagiarism occurred unintentionally; it still constitutes academic dishonesty. Ignorance of the rules of correct citation is not an acceptable excuse.
Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty can subject a student to disciplinary action under the university Student Code of Conduct.