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Senior School Library: Avoiding Plagiarism

Shady Side Academy Academic Integrity

From the Shady Side Academy Senior School Handbook: 

Academic Integrity Plagiarism, lying, cheating, stealing, etc. are alien to the Guiding Principle of Honesty and are unacceptable. The principle of academic integrity is the cornerstone of a school community. Cheating or giving and receiving unacknowledged assistance in academic work are unacceptable behavior in this community. Such actions will likely result in disciplinary actions. (page 29)

Plagiarize

plagiarize

verb

pla·​gia·​rize | \ ˈplā-jə-ˌrīz  also -jē-ə- \

plagiarized; plagiarizing

Definition of plagiarize

transitive verb

to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own use (another's production) without crediting the source

Paraphrase

paraphrase

 noun

para·​phrase | \ ˈper-ə-ˌfrāz  , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paraphrase

1a restatement of a text, passage, or work giving the meaning in another form. The teacher asked the students to write a paraphrase of the poem.

paraphrase

 verb

paraphrased; paraphrasing

Examples of Plagiarism

Plagiarism.org Examples of Plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not (see our section on "fair use" rules)

 

Use noodletools.com and the steps below to help you avoid Plagiarism

  • Keep track of your sources. Create a citation for your source immediately in Noodletools
  • Use Noodletools or a Google Docs to take notes and paraphrase your information.
  • Any notes that are word for word from the original content, put quotations around the information.
  • Use Noodletools notetaking tool to separate your quoted information from your paraphrasing and original writing.

 

Steps to Prevent Plagiarism

To Paraphrase means to take a short segment of information and put it in your own words while not changing the original meaning. Paraphrasing is not a summary of information. When you paraphrase you need to include an intext citation or footnote. 

Paraphrasing is an alternative to using quotes in your research. It is a way to show that you understand the information by putting it in your own words. 

See the Plagiarism Tips and examples below from Scribbr.com Scribbr - Scriptie laten nakijken

 

Paraphrasing tips

The five steps to paraphrasing may seem straightforward, but writing an idea in a different way than the published version can be difficult. These are four tricks you can apply to help you do so.

  1. Start your first sentence at a different point from that of the original source
  2. Use synonyms (words that mean the same thing)
  3. Change the sentence structure
  4. Break the information into separate sentences

Helpful Video Tutorials

Plagiarism Tutorials and Games