Writing Center: Resources for Writers - Plagiarism
What is plagiarism? Plagiarism is taking someone else's work and passing it off as one's own. It is obviously plagiarism to buy an essay on-line or to copy sections of a published article word-for-word and then submit it as your final paper. But plagiarism doesn't just mean using someone else's exact words; using ideas, data, or even organizational structures from a source without acknowledging it is also plagiarism. Putting the idea into your own words isn't enough; it's still plagiarism if you don't properly acknowledge your source. It takes some time to understand this subtler form of plagiarism, but it's crucial that you do so, and not only in order to avoid the serious consequences of plagiarism. As you learn how to work with sources - with other people's work - you're also learning how to find your own voice, a voice you will use to express your ideas and make your arguments in your Haverford classes and beyond.
- Plagiarism and How to Avoid It by Professor Maud McInerney (Haverford College) gives a comprehensive description of plagiarism, along with examples of properly and improperly used sources.
- Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue OWL)
- Safe Practices (Purdue OWL)
- Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering the Art of Scholarship (UC Davis Student Judicial Affairs)
- Doing College Level Research, with Advice on Avoiding the Plagiarism Question, by Margaret Mauer with Constance Harsh (Colgate Honor Code)
- Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices (Council of Writing Program Administrators)
- "Avoiding Plagiarism" - Harvard Guide to Using Sources
Haverford's Policy on Plagiarism: The Honor Code says that "A gross act of plagiarism constitutes a student's withdrawal from the commitment to the academic honesty required by the Honor Code, and will normally result in separation from the community" (III.A).