Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty and Citing Sources / Bibliography

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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you use someone else’s ideas without giving credit where credit is due
When you copy, in part or in full, a previous assignment you have completed and submit it again.
Some examples of plagiarism are:

  • Using someone else’s ideas as your own
  • Downloading material, in part or in full, from the Internet or other sources
  • Copying from published or unpublished texts
  • Quoting or paraphrasing works without including a referenced source
  • Copying, in part or in full, and handing in another student’s work as your own assignment (with or without the student’s knowledge)
  • Copying, in part or in full, your own previous completed assignment and handing it in (yes, it is possible to plagiarize your own work!)

Consequences of plagiarism

Includes one or more of the following:

  • Having to re-do assignment
  • Getting a “zero” as a mark
  • Discussion with parents, guidance, and administrator

How to avoid plagiarism: Citing sources

Always give credit where credit is due.

  • Citing a source means giving credit to someone or something when you use something (an idea, question, etc) that is not your own work. Cite your sources within you text and in a Bibliography at the end of the assignment.
  • Never “copy and paste” information. You must write / type the information yourself and cite the source.
  • Sources should be cited when:
      1. You use another person’s idea, opinion, or theory
      2. You use any fact, statistic, graph, drawing, picture, sound, or any other piece of information that you found from another source
      3. You use quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words
      4. You paraphrase another person’s actual spoken or written words

Information must be cited regardless of whether it is from a book, interview, the Internet, etc. When in doubt, cite the source or ask your teacher!

Frequently asked questions

What about group work? For group work you may discuss ideas with a group or study partner on an assignment, but you must submit your own unique answers UNLESS the teacher states otherwise.

What if I get an idea from someone else but I don’t know their name? If you are unsure of the source, put “Source / Author Unknown” in your Bibliography. That way, others recognize that it was not your idea. Ask your teacher if you are still unsure.

Bibliography Stuff and Resources

Please use MLA style for English courses and Chicago style for history / social studies.



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