Before we consider plagiarism, we might first consider that the purpose of a writing assignment is to improve your understanding of a particular topic or problem, to help you express your understanding in writing, and to let the professor evaluate how well you can understand and write. The important part of a writing assignment is not the paper itself or the grade you get, but the opportunity to learn and grow.
The basic expectation in every class is that whatever you write will be your own words, generated from your own understanding. It is acceptable to incorporate someone else’s words or ideas in your paper only if you clearly indicate the words are someone else’s.
This page provides a definition of plagiarism, its consequences, and what steps to take to avoid committing plagiarism.
Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct in which you present someone else’s words or ideas as your own without giving credit to sources that you use. Not only is plagiarism dishonest, it violates LSCS policy (https://www.lonestar.edu/instructional-resources.htm). Penalties can be very strong, so make sure you are aware of the consequences at your university or workplace. Professional plagiarism is also a problem that comes with very severe consequences.
Plagiarism applies to all information regardless of format. Photographs, charts, graphs, drawings, statistics, verbal exchanges such as interviews or lectures, performances on television or live, and texts whether in print or on the web must all be documented appropriately.
Intentional plagiarism happens when you buy, steal or borrow a paper, words or ideas from someone else without giving the author credit. It is also possible to plagiarize from yourself. If you repurpose a paper from a previous class or write one paper for two classes without the instructor’s permission, this is plagiarism. Unintentional plagiarism usually occurs when the writer doesn’t fully understand the citation format he is using and leaves out essential information or makes punctuation errors; the writer thinks he is paraphrasing but actually directly quotes from a source; or the writer credits a quote or idea to the wrong source.
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