Plagiarism is a violation of Ivy Tech Community College's policy on academic integrity.
If found guilty of plagiarism, you may be subject to disciplinary actions such as restriction of privileges, failure of your assignment or course or even suspension or dismissal from the College.
While plagiarism often involves printed work, such as books or articles, it is possible to plagiarize using a variety of other materials, including photographs, artwork, graphic designs, videos, audio recordings, and online information. The internet is a common source of plagiarism.
You are not committing plagiarism when you write about your personal experiences or opinions or when you provide information that is considered "common knowledge."
Common Knowledge is information generally known to others; it is often found consistently described in several sources. For example, the statement "George Washington served as the first President of the United States" is common knowledge.
You may unintentionally plagiarize through improper use of writing techniques used to incorporate someone else's original information into your own work. Each of these techniques, described below, requires that you give credit to the information source.
Direct Quotations: These are the exact words of the original source, and they must be enclosed in quotation marks. Quotations may include words, phrases, or sentences.
Paraphrasing includes the source material, but it is restated in your own words and style; the paraphrased material is about the same length as the original.
Summary includes just the main points of your source material and is also written in your own words. A summary is generally shorter in length than the material.
Examples of when you plagiarize...
WAYS YOU CAN AVOID PLAGIARISM
CITE YOUR SOURCE
You give credit to your source with a citation. A citation helps authenticate the information that you found and allows the reacher to find the original source for further investigation.
The word "citation" can be used to describe how you acknowledge the author in the body of your paper, and it also refers to the complete reference you provide in the bibliography or "Works Cited" section. Check with your instructor for the citation style you should use for your course work.
You are by law the copyright holder of the work you create as an Ivy Tech student. This work includes research papers, digital projects, web sites, artistic creations, and any other work that is “fixed in a tangible form.” The protection given to your work is automatic and requires no registration or copyright symbol or statement on the work [although placing such a statement is advisable].
As the owner of the copyright for your work, you own and control the right to:
You also have the exclusive right to grant or deny permission to others to make and distribute copies of your work, display or perform it, or create a derivative work.
These are just a few of the materials available at Ivy Tech Northwest Libraries to further help you understand plagiarism and the ways to avoid it. Other materials that have been listed can also assist you to better understand copyright law and how to avoid copyright infringement and to be better informed. Please check with your local campus library for additional information on plagiarism and copyright.