As you’re finishing your semester papers… be careful!

Sometimes it isn’t clear exactly what constitutes an appropriate citation.  In this era of cut-and-paste, it can be easy to cross the subtle line between inspiration, citation, and violation.  So as you’re finishing your papers in Public Policy and other courses, it’s wise to be informed and cautious.

There is an excellent source for the puzzled —  http://www.plagiarism.org/  -that offers guidance:

  • Plagiarism defined , in easy-to-understand terms
  • Tips on how to avoid both internet-based and conventional plagiarism
  • Guidelines for proper citation, and links to help with specific citation styles
  • Suggestions for developing good research and writing skills
  • Answers to frequently asked questions, including explanations for often misunderstood concepts like fair use, public domain, and copyright laws
  • Definitions for important research-related terms
  • Suggestions for integrating plagiarism education into lesson plans
  • Tips for creating assignments that discourage plagiarism and encourage original thinking
  • Information on the causes of plagiarism today
  • Help with identifying different types of plagiarism, in particular plagiarism from the internet
  • Printable handouts for students on plagiarism, proper citation, and paper writing

Remember:  as this site says, “Changing the words of an original source is not sufficient to prevent plagiarism. If you have retained the essential idea of an original source, and have not cited it, then no matter how drastically you may have altered its context or presentation, you have still plagiarized.”

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