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According to the Canisius College Code of Academic Integrity:
Plagiarism. The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers defines plagiarism as using “another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source.... Of course, common sense as well as ethics should determine what you document. For example, you rarely need to give sources for familiar proverbs ('You can't judge a book by its cover'), well-known quotations ('We shall overcome'), or common knowledge ('George Washington was the first president of the United States'). But you must indicate the source of any appropriated material that readers might otherwise mistake for your own” (5th Edition, pp. 30, 33). Plagiarism may range from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs to entire articles copied from books, periodicals, web sites, speeches, or the writings of other students. Honesty requires that any work or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be acknowledged. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas or materials obtained from another source is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism, in any of its forms, and whether intentional or unintentional, violates standards of academic integrity. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to

-- Direct quotation of any source material whether published or unpublished without giving proper credit through the use of quotation marks, footnotes and other customary means of identifying sources. This includes complete sentences or paragraphs, or an entire piece of written work.

-- Paraphrasing another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories from books, articles, web sites, etc., without identifying and crediting sources.

-- Borrowing facts, statistics, graphs, diagrams, photographs, or other illustrative or visual materials that are not clearly common knowledge without identifying and crediting sources.

-- Copying another student’s essay test answers.

-- Submitting papers written by another person or persons. This includes copying, or allowing another student to copy, a computer file that contains another student’s assignment and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one’s own.

-- Working together on an assignment, sharing the computer files and programs involved, and then submitting individual copies of the assignment as one’s own individual work without course instructor approval.

-- Buying or selling, or exchanging term papers, examinations, or other written assignments, or any part of them.

--Offering false, fabricated, or fictitious sources for papers, reports, or other assignments. - The Learning Center is designed to help educators and students develop a better sense of what plagiarism means.

Avoiding Plagiarism - from the OWL Writing Lab at Purdue.