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Faculty Toolkit for Teaching Information Literacy: Plagiarism for students

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)


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What is plagiarism?


A definition: "Plagiarism is using some else's work - words, ideas, or illustrations; published or unpublished - without giving the creator of that work sufficient credit. A serious breach of scholarly ethics, plagiarism can have severe consequences: Academic professionals can face public disgrace or even be forced out of a position. In the business world, plagiarism leads to distrust and can significantly damage careers. Students risk a failing grade or possible disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion."

Source citation: Stern, Linda. What Every Student Should Know about Avoiding Plagiarism. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009. Print.


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

IRIS interactive tutorials
(created by Clark College, WA) covers:

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

Plagiarism is Against the Law

Committing plagiarism is a violation of the SCC Student Code of Conduct and Washington State Law.


The Washington Administrative Code, WAC 132Q-10-210, Academic Dishonesty and Ethical Violations, defines plagiarism.