PSTCC Library Tutorial: Plagiarism
A Definition of Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the submission of material without proper documentation of the original source.
to direct quotation, summarization, or paraphrasing without documenting
the source of information.
Plagiarism also includes:
Ethical ConsiderationsPlagiarism violates Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Statement of Academic Honesty and carries severe penalties. Words and ideas are considered intellectual property, and the use of them without written permission or proper documentation is considered theft. For more information about academic honesty and Pellissippi State students go to Pellissippi P.A.T.H.S.on the English Department's Web site.
Examples of Paraphrasing
The following original source is taken from:
Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.
“It seems likely that no one ever will establish Shakespeare’s religious sentiments, whether early in his life or late. Unlike his father, who died a Catholic, Shakespeare maintained his usual ambiguity in this dangerous area, and Hamlet is neither a Protestant nor a Catholic work” (Bloom 391).
Testing Your Knowledge of Plagiarism
Wright, Karen. “A Volcano is Born.” Discover. Dec. 2001: 34-35.
peaks in Western Oregon known as The Three Sisters were once a
flat stretch of real estate. Then the ground began to tremble and bulge,
and the first in a long series of volcanic eruptions spewed ash and
debris as far south as California and out into the Pacific Ocean.
Such eruptions have been building the Sisters from lava and cinders
for about 700,000 years. The last one occurred 2,000 years ago
at South Sisters; it’s been pretty quiet ever since” (Wright 34).
Take the following quiz. Decide if each of the
following selections contains plagiarized content:
1. Plagiarism - Wright's words are used without quotation marks and proper documentation.
2. Plagiarism - The words are changed, but the information is used without acknowledging its source.
3. Not Plagiarism - Proper documentation is included in the in-text citation.
4. Not Plagiarism - Wright's words are enclosed in quotation marks and proper documentation is included in the in-text citation.
Now that you have learned about the library, the on-line catalog to find books, and the periodical databases to find magazine and journal articles, you may test your knowledge by taking a quiz on the overall tutorial.. Don't worry - it's not difficult and will help you to review the information you have seen.
If your quiz results indicate problems with Modern Language Association (MLA) citations and documentation, see your English handbook, consult your English instructor, or visit the Writing Center located on each PSTCC campus.