- Plagiarism is not about the writer; it's about the writer’s work.
- Plagiarism could occur from any of the following:
- by copying word for word from a source without using quotes and without naming that source
- by peddling someone else's idea or ideas as your own without naming the source
- by mimicking the form and structure of someone else’s ideas.
- Since plagiarism is about the writing, there is no argument to ever have about the writer's intent or ignorance.
- In other words, what you intended to do or not has no bearing on plagiarism.
- If the paper has plagiarized ideas or passages, it's broken.
- While the main idea of a paper is YOURS, don't consider yourself THE writer of a paper
Know the difference between common knowledge and academic knowledge.
- You are, instead, a facilitator of a discussion about your idea
- As a facilitator, the more voices you bring into the discussion, the better.
- Common knowledge does not mean common to people
- Common knowledge means common to the sources about the subject.
- Thomas Jefferson's mother's name is common knowledge to all the biographies concerning Jefferson.
- Common knowledge should never be quoted in a paper
- Unless it is a fact or figure that your reader's might find suspect, such as the dollar figure of sales connected with your subject.
- Academic knowledge is specific to a source or more often to a person who has discussed that idea in many sources.
- Academic knowledge must be cited in a paper
- When citing a quote, give the name of th person and the article or text in your sentence.
- AVOID paraphrasing academic knowledge--quote the material.
- Be careful not to plagiarize the structure and form of a source.
- See this webpage's Text Example Three for an example of plagiarizing structure
- To avoid plagiarizing structure, do not read new material while typing your paper.
- Read the material that you need to use
- walk away for 20 minutes and go do something else.
- Return and without looking at the source, write what you can.
- Lather, rinse, repeat.