"Plagiarism, specifically, is a term used to describe a practice that involves knowingly taking and using another person’s work and claiming it, directly or indirectly, as your own." (Neville, 2007, p. 28)
In the United States, plagiarism is taken very seriously, both legally and ethically. It can lead to disciplinary action such as expulsion from the University. Additionally, plagiarizing will damage your reputation and credibility as a scholar in Western academia. Plagiarism can be intentional (purchasing a research paper online or sharing a test with a friend) or unintentional (improperly citing a source in a paper or using an author's words without giving her/him credit). This below list, from Plagiarism.org, identifies some specific forms of plagiarism:
It might seem like using the ideas of others is a problem. However, this is not the case. Scholarship is a conversation; that is, you will be expected to read, analyze, and respond to the ideas of others when writing your papers. The key to doing this without plagiarizing is to cite your sources!
1. Take good notes
2. Paraphrase Content
3. Use Quotations
4. Cite Your Sources
5. Manage Reference Sources
6. Use Plagiarism Checkers
7. Contact CSU Pueblo's Writing Center for additional support.
Neville, C. (2007). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. New York; Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Penn State. (2012). Plagiarism & You. Online document. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/students/using_information.html.
University of Pittsburgh. (2021). Understanding Academic Integrity, Research, and Classroom Ethics. Retrieved December 22, 2021, from https://pitt.libguides.com/academicintegrity/plagiarism.
What Is Plagiarism? (n.d.) Retrieved June 10, 2015, from http://plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation.