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Class Academic Integrity/Plagiarism Policy Handout

The definition of plagiarism is "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own."

When we write any text, including, but not limited to, essays, research papers, and stories, it is absolutely essential to give the proper credit to other people and their words and ideas. Always cite direct quotes, paraphrasing, words specific to an author's research or thoughts, historical, statistical, or scientific facts, and articles to which you refer in your writing. You do not need to cite common knowledge, well-known quotations, or proverbs or sayings.

For this class, we will be using MLA (Modern Language Association) citation format in order to make sure that we always give our external sources credit for their words and ideas. We will spend time in class practicing this citation method so that you are prepared to write bibliographies (or works cited pages), as well as incorporate in-text parenthetical citations into your writing.

DO NOT plagiarize. It is disrespectful to the person from whom you took your information, to me, and to yourself. You are responsible enough to cite your sources. If you are found to have plagiarized a piece of writing for my class, there will be immediate and serious consequences. You will attend a conference with your parents or guardians and me. You will also receive a failing grade on the plagiarized assignment.

Source: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/mla.html

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