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Writing Research Papers: Avoiding Plagiarism


Plagiarism defined

"Plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer's language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers' words as their legal property.  To avoid the charge of plagiarism, writers take care to credit those from whom they borrow and quote.Similar theft in music or other arts is also called plagiarism." 

"Plagiarism." The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Houghton Mifflin. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002. Credo Reference. Web. 12 Feb 2015.

The information sources below will help you learn the skills necessary to avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism is Against the Law

Washington Administrative Code 


WAC 132Q-30-210  Academic Dishonesty

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    (e) Plagiarism which includes the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.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.