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The Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: 5a. Plagarism

This guide walks you through the steps of the research process.


Even if you paraphrase or put something into your own words, you still need to cite the original source.

Student Academic Responsiblities

In the College of Coastal Georgia 2010-2011 Student Handbook, under Student Responsibilities and Rights on page 10, the Conduct Code states, students who enroll at college of Coastal Georgia are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and to pursue their studies with integrity. Listed below are your academic responsibilities found on page 11.

• A student shall not take passages or ideas from another and use them as his/her own.
• A student should consult his/her instructor on proper documentation methods.
• A student shall not receive or give assistance not authorized by the instructor in the preparation of any academic assignment such as an essay, laboratory report, or examination.
• A student shall not obtain or attempt to obtain in an unauthorized manner any material pertaining to a class or course work.
• A student is prohibited from selling, giving, lending or otherwise furnishing to any unauthorized person the questions and/or answers to any examination or test known to be scheduled to be given at a subsequent date.
• A student shall not fabricate, forge, or falsify information or citations.
• A student shall not cheat or be dishonest in any way in his/her academic work.
• Academic dishonesty cases will be dealt with through the Academic Appeals Process. Appeals of decisions made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, which recommend

Real World Examples

Think plagiarism is just an issue for college students writing research papers. Think again!  Check out these real world examples of celebrities being accused of plagiarizing.

Plagiarism: Don't Do It

Posted with permission from Washburn University.

Avoid Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarizing someone else words or ideas, make sure you:

  • Paraphrase the original text into your own words. Be sure you are not just rearranging phrases or replacing a couple of words.
  • Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
  • Cite every source of information you use to write your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research. This includes facts, figures, and statistics as well as opinions and arguments.

Plagiarism Tutorials

  • Plagiarism Court: You Be the Judge
    Created by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University, this tutorial will explain what plagiarism is, and will briefly discuss its legal and ethical consequences. Most importantly, it will suggest notetaking, documentation, and writing strategies to help you avoid accidental plagiarism.
  • You Quote It, You Note It
    Created by the Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University, this tutorial suggests that researching ethically is also researching efficiently. You will not only learn how to avoid plagiarism, but you’ll also pick up some good research tips too.

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