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Plagiarism Tutorial

This guide will teach students about what constitutes plagiarism and how they can avoid it.

What is Plagiarism

Plagiarism is "the action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." -The Oxford English Dictionary

Source: "plagiarism, n.". OED Online. June 2012. Oxford University Press. <>


Examples of Plagiarism

Examples of Plagiarism:

  • Turning in someone else's work as your own.
  • Copying large pieces of text from a source without citing that source.
  • Taking passages from multiple sources, piecing them together, and turnign in the work as your own.
  • Copying from a source but changing a few words and phrases to disguise plagiarism.
  • Paraphrasing from a number of different sources without citing those sources.
  • Turning in work that you did for another class without getting your professor's permission first.
  • Buying an essay or paper and turning it in as your own work.

It is possible to cite sources but still plagiarize.  Here are some examples:

  • Mentioning an author or source within your paper without including a full citation in your bibliography.
  • Citing a source with inaccurate information, making it impossible to find that source.
  • Using a direct quote from a source, citing that source, but failing to put quotation marks around the copied text.
  • Paraphrasing from multiple cited sources without including any original work.

Source: "Types of Plagiarism". <>

Le Moyne's Policy on Plagiarism

From the Le Moyne College Catalog:

"Plagiarism—Plagiarism is the attempt to fulfill an academic requirement by using the ideas, words or work of another person and representing them as one’s own. Academic conventions dictate that students and scholars must acknowledge the source of phrases and ideas that are not their own. Many ideas and phrases are so familiar that they have become the common property of all; these obviously require no documentation. However, the use
of ideas or phrases that are clearly original with another author requires that the appropriate credit be given to the original author.

Plagiarism undermines that basic relationship of trust that must exist between teacher and student and among students for the educational process to work. For this reason, penalties for plagiarism range from failure on the assignment to expulsion from the College. For details regarding plagiarism, consult the library's guide to plagiarism or the library services desk.

Assisting Cheating or Plagiarism––A student who knowingly assists another student in cheating or plagiarism is subject to the same rules and penalties.

Derived Work––Derived work is work containing material (even if modified) that has been previously submitted to fulfill the requirements of another course. Submission of derived work is allowed only with prior approval by the instructor, who may impose additional requirements (e.g., full disclosure in a citation). The penalties for unapproved submission of derived work range from failure on the assignment to expulsion from the College."