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Avoiding Plagiarism: Resources for Students

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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A definition: "Plagiarism is using some else's work - words, ideas, or illustrations; published or unpublished - without giving the creator of that work sufficient credit.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.

  Plagiarism is against the law

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


Avoiding Plagiarism

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Avoiding Plagiarism

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Plagiarism Prevention: Common Knowledge

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