Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism
Contents Explanation of this text
Plagiarism at FSU: the Basics
Plagiarism at FSU: the Penalties
Plagiarism at FSU: What is “Flagrant Plagiarism”?
Plagiarism at FSU: What is “Inappropriate Summary and Paraphrasing”?
Plagiarism at FSU: “Fabrication, Falsification, and Misrepresentation”
Explanation On Monday, July 8, 2013 ENC 1102 Section 10 worked together to paraphrase and explain FSU’s plagiarism explanations and policies with an eye toward an audience just like themselves. It is our hope that the following pages will help current and future students to understand what plagiarism is and is not, and what the penalties are so that they can avoid any problems. The following text is in Section 10’s own words, and is formatted and illustrated in a way that they chose to appeal to their audiences. The original texts they worked with can be found here: FSU's Statement on Plagiarism FSU’s Understanding Plagiarism FSU’s Tips To Avoid Plagiarism
The Basics If you are a student at FSU and are found guilty of plagiarizing, you can be suspended or reported to the Director of First Year Writing and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Plagiarizing is counterproductive and violates the honor code. Any work that is not your own is considered to be Plagiarism. Whether you copied it yourself, bought it from a friend, or stole it from your sister, if itâ€™s not yours, donâ€™t use it. Donâ€™t be lazy. Manage your time and write your own essay. Every student is responsible for completing the plagiarism activity because it is important to understand that if you plagiarize, you risk failing the course or even getting dismissed from Florida State University.
The Penalties Once you enter college, plagiarism rules are much more strict than at the high school level. There are various penalties you could face if you plagiarize.
Consequences for Plagiarism at Florida State Include: • Extra Work • Lower Grade/No credit on your assignment - 0 or F • Lower grade/failing the course • Reprimand (written or verbal) • Educational Activities • Giving the work back to the person you took it from • Conduct Probation • Disciplinary Probation • Suspension • Dismissal • Expulsion • Withholding of diplomas, transcripts, or other records • Suspension of degree • Revocation of degree. (It will be annulled or cancelled) If you don’t understand the policy then you should ask beforehand. You should understand both the policy and how severe the consequences are. DON’T DO IT. DON'T VIOLATE the Academic Honor Policy!!!! AVOID making mistakes; accidently or intentionally, you can still be punished!!!
What is “Flagrant Plagiarism”? PLAGIARISM: using the ideas or work of someone else and claiming them as your own. You must acknowledge others’ work and cite it. Examples:
Using someone’s work from hardcopy, internet, or other sources without acknowledging where you found it quoting from a source without citation using facts, figures, graphs, charts or other forms of information without acknowledgement of the source.
Deliberate plagiarism is purposefully cheating (buying an essay, or borrowing from friends). Blatant borrowing is basically copying, pasting, and using no citation.
DON’T REUSE OLD ASSIGNMENTS!!
What is “Inappropriate Summary and Paraphrasing”?
Plagiarism is using someone else’s work and not giving them credit for it. click here for definition There are two types of plagiarism: 1. Deliberate plagiarism: submitting an assignment with your name that is not your original work. This includes writing or copying from another individual. 2. Blatant borrowing: copying a phrase, sentence, or longer passage and passing as it your own. Another form of plagiarism is an appropriate phrase and summary, which is using facts, graphs, charts, and other information without proper acknowledgment of the source. Even if you summarize it own words, you still need to give credit. Penalties can range from suspension to expulsion and loss of any credit you would have received. Any grades are made to zeros. Using facts, figures, graphs, charts, or other information without proper acknowledgement of the source is considered plagiarism. Even if you use your own words but use someone else's ideas, it is still plagiarism if not cited correctly. This type of plagiarism may not have been as strictly monitored in high school, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can always use your McGraw-Hill Handbook to help you do your citations. Another helpful resource to cite your work is Purdue Owl.
“Fabrication, Falsification, and Misrepresentation” If you’re writing a paper, make sure you give credit to the original source and that you don’t make up your own statistics or facts. Examples:
Writing “You can’t sit with us!” and citing it from Batman when it’s really from Mean Girls. Saying “90% of the students at FSU are from out of state” when you haven’t done the research. Don’t make up your own sources.
Don’t use a paper you wrote in high school for a college class, unless you have permission from the teacher or make enough changes to recreate the concept in order to fit the new or adapted topic and resubmit it.
There are no multiple submissions, this includes oral presentations. Don’t make false excuses.
Don’t lie. Be on time.
Be responsible for your work.
When in doubt talk to your professor, don’t risk it.
Works Consulted/Cited Images Don’t Cut and Paste #1: http://s.freshnewtracks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Don_t-Copy-Paste.jpg Don’t Cut and Paste #2: http://tanamania.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/no_cut_paste.jpg Thief: unknown source; Google Image search Lady Buried in Papers: unknown source; Google Image search (or possibly a camera in Michelle’s office) Scholarly Owl: unknown source; Google Image search