Origin of Word • From the Latin word “plagium” which means kidnapping.
What is Plagiarism? • Taking ideas, words, art, etc. that belong to someone else, and passing it off as your own, whether on purpose or by accident.
If you didn’t already know… • You don’t need to cite a source if it’s a well-known fact. • For example: “George Washington was the first US president.” • Cite sources when you are using information other than well-known facts.
Plagiarism happens when… • A website has just the right information on my subject, so I cut and paste it to my paper.
Solve it by… • Put the pasted material in quotations and cite your source in-text and in the works cited page.
Plagiarism happens when… • I really like the way the writer described the character in a book, so I write his/her words down in my book report.
Solve it by… I can write . . . “As JK Rowling put it in The Order of the Phoenix, ‘The evidence the dark lords had returned was incontrovertible.’ “
Plagiarism happens when… • I copied a paragraph from an encyclopedia and changed a few words so it looked a little different and let the teacher think they were my words.
Solve it by… • I can read the paragraph, close the book and write, in my own words, what the paragraph was saying. • This is called paraphrasing. • Still needs an in-text citation and works cited listing.
Avoiding Plagiarism • Using other people’s work is a good thing if I give them proper credit.
Still Avoiding Plagiarism • Write source cards as you use resources. Number them. • Put each new fact on a notecard, include source card number & page number • Put quotes around directly quoted facts
Remember… • If the information is new to me, it probably needs to be cited.
Why Should I Care? • I could receive an F or 0 on my paper. • I may not get credit for the class and have to take it again.
If I plagiarize in high school, I may not graduate on time. • I could lose college acceptances and scholarships. • At a job, if I take credit for someone else’s work, I could be fired.
Be Smart • Don’t plagiarize • Give credit where credit is due • When in doubt, cite it