Simply stated, plagiarism is using someone else's work without giving appropriate credit. This improper usage can include the following:
- Copying and pasting text from online media, such as encyclopedias.
- Copying and pasting text from ANY website.
- Transcribing text from any printed material, such as books, magazines, encyclopedias or newspapers.
- Simply modifying text from any of the above sources. Replacing a few select words with one's own does not constitute original work and thus is plagiarism.
- Using photographs, video or audio without permission or acknowledgment is plagiarism. You may use photographic, video or audio sources with or in a paper or multimedia presentation that you create, as long as you do not profit from it or use it for any purpose other than the original assignment. You should include the source in your bibliography.
- Using another student's work and claiming it as your own, even with permission, is academically unethical and is plagiarism. Known as "collusion," this misrepresentation is unacceptable.
- Purchasing course papers or other work from commercial sources is academically unethical and is treated as plagiarism.
- Translation from one language to another is not using your own words and ideas and is treated as plagiarism. Translations fall under the guidelines for quotations, summaries and paraphrasing.
- Current professors must approve re-using written work from another or previous course. You may use your previous work as a basis for new research if the original work is included in your bibliography.