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How to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is treated very severely in this class: if you commit plagiarism, you run the risk of receiving an F for the class.

Ironically, it is so easy to avoid plagiarism: CREDIT YOUR SOURCES!

If you use or rely upon materials that came from another source -- text, images, audio -- then make sure that you credit the source fully.

Quoting and paraphrasing. Sometimes you may want to quote someone word for word; this is quoting. Yet in most cases you will reshape the content in your own words; this is paraphrasing. In both of these circumstances you must credit your source with an appropriate bibliographic citation. Failure to do so is plagiarism, even for paraphrases.

What if you don't cite the source? What if you leave out the quotation marks? Changing a few words is plagiarism, not paraphrasing!

Follow the Honor Code for this course.

Really? You mean that I could have my semester grade lowered by one letter if I cut-and-paste a sentence or two from another source into my web project, and forget to put it in quotation marks or add a bibliographic citation? Yes. Practice disciplined research and writing habits so that you will not accidentally make such a huge mistake!

Here's how to tell the difference between appropriate paraphrasing and plagiarism: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

In order to learn more about plagiarism and your responsibilities as a student and as a scholar, please make sure that you read the Student's Guide to Academic Integrity at the Provost's website and that you understand the issues that they address. You should understand the official policy of the University of Oklahoma regarding academic integrity in all your schoolwork.


"They copied all they could copy, but they couldn't copy my mind. So I left 'em sweatin' and stealin', a year and a half behind." Rudyard Kipling

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
Brent Purkaple, TA

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