"Plagiarism" is presenting someone else's work as your own.
You are probably already somewhat familiar with this concept. However, did you know there are different types of plagiarism? We usually associate plagiarism with intentionally cheating and trying to take credit for something that is not our own work. However, sometimes we might do this without being aware of it.
See our Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism.
Intentional plagiarism is knowingly presenting someone else's ideas, research, words as your own. These are all examples of cheating, and these types of plagiarism carry very serious repercussions:
Did you know that there are dozens of simple software programs, services and web sites that allow instructors to detect plagiarism in student papers? It is also very easy to find plagiarized material simply by doing a Google search for a phrase or paragraph. Every person has his or her own writing style, too, and it will be quite apparent to your instructor if you suddenly turn in something that sounds very different from your other assignments. It will also be quite obvious if portions of your paper do not match your own writing style. If you incorporate passages from another author, you must give the real author credit.
Quite simply, don't do it! Holy Family University expects original work from all students. If do not understand how to complete your assignment correctly, ask for help! Remember, this is a learning process, and there are many resources available to help you along the way.
Unintentional plagiarism is not giving proper credit for someone else's ideas, research, or words, even if it was not intentional to present them as your own. Even if it was not intentional, it is still plagiarism and not acceptable.
This is not meant to make anyone nervous about writing papers. We understand how confusing and intimidating the citation style guide rules can be. However, it's important to recognize why we must put effort into citing sources correctly.
No one expects you to know all of the rules instantly. Use the examples in this guide as a starting point. If you are unsure about anything, ask for help!
Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is unacceptable at Holy Family University. Why would students ever take the risks associated with plagiarism?
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