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Plagiarism: Resources for Students

Information to help you avoid plagiarism

Books in the SCC Library


Doing Honest Work In College: How To Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, And Achieve Real Academic Success (808.027 LIPSON)

Plagiarism: A How-Not-to Guide For Students (808 GILMORE)

Avoiding Plagiarism: What Every Student Should Know About Avoiding Plagiarism (808 STERN)


Stop Plagiarism: A Guide To Understanding And Prevention (808 STOP PL)





A definition : "Plagiarism is using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to the other person. When you use someone else's words, you must put quotation marks around them and give the writer or speaker credit by revealing the source in a citation. Even if you revise or paraphrase the words of someone else or just use their ideas, you still must give the author credit in a note. Not giving due credit to the creator of an idea or writing is very much like lying."

Source: VirtualSalt


Even robots struggle with plagiarism.

Recommended Websites

The following sites will help you learn the skills necessary to avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism Tutorial


Plagiarism: What Every Student Needs to Know

This four part interactive tutorial,
created by Clark College, covers:

  • definition and overview
  • what needs to be acknowledged
  • using style manuals to cite sources
  • practice identifying plagiarism
  • final quiz

Plagiarism is Against the Law

Washington Administrative Code


Academic Dishonesty

WAC 132Q-30-210


Acts of academic dishonesty include the following:
     (1) Cheating, which includes:
     (a) Use of unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.
     (b) Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.
     (c) Fabrication, which is the intentional invention or counterfeiting of information in the course of an academic activity. Fabrication includes:
     (i) Counterfeiting data, research results, information, or procedures with inadequate foundation in fact;
     (ii) Counterfeiting a record of internship or practicum experiences;
     (iii) Submitting a false excuse for absence or tardiness;
     (iv) Unauthorized multiple submission of the same work; sabotage of others' work.
     (d) Engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.
     (e) Plagiarism which includes the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
     (f) Facilitation of dishonesty, including not challenging academic dishonesty.
     (2) Knowingly furnishing false information to any college official, faculty member, or office including submission of fraudulent transcripts from other institutions.
     (3) Forgery, alteration or misuse of any college document, record or instrument of identification.
     (4) Acts of academic dishonesty will be reported by the faculty member to the chief student services officer.

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