The following information on plagiarism is taken from:

Gibaldi, Joseph. The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: The Modern Languages Association of America, 2003. Print.

You have plagiarized if:

  • You took notes from the text that did not distinguish summary and paraphrase from quotation. Then you presented wording from the notes as if it were all your own.
  • You presented facts without saying where you found them.
  • You repeated or paraphrased someone’s wording without acknowledgment.
  • You took someone’s unique or particularly apt phrase without acknowledgment.
  • You paraphrased someone’s argument or presented someone’s line of thought without acknowledgment.
  • You copied and pasted information from the Internet without quotation marks or without citing the source. (Gibaldi 75)

Keep the following three categories distinct in your research notes:

  • summaries of others’ material
  • exact wordings you copy
  • your own ideas, questions, and responses (Gibaldi 75)
Self- plagiarism is also a concern in academe. Gilbaldi discusses the ethics of repurosing previous work:

If you must complete a research project to earn a grade in a course, handing in a paper you already earned credit for in another course is deceitful. Moreover, you lose the opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills. If you want to rework a paper that you prepared for another course, ask your current instructor for permission to do so. (74)

Lansdale School of Business students are required to use the guide “MLA Format for Article Critiques and Research Papers” to produce correctly formatted and cited work.

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The Goblin Threat Plagiarism Game.
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The OWL Writing Lab at Purdue has excellent information on all aspects of composition, research, documentation, and plagiarism. In this exercise, choose passages to paraphrase and compare your efforts with the suggested answers.
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