In the public libraries community, sharing ideas is often welcomed and promoted, but borrowing children's programming ideas is a far stretch from "borrowing" research information. This is why it is essential to understand your university or institution's policies on plagiarism, and all the more reason to become a pro at bibliographic citations!
UAlbany defines "plagiarism" as:
Presenting as one's own work the work of another person (for example, the words, ideas, information, data, evidence, organizing principles, or style of presentation of someone else). Plagiarism includes paraphrasing or summarizing without acknowledgment, submission of another student's work as one's own, the purchase of prepared research or completed papers or projects, and the unacknowledged use of research sources gathered by someone else. Failure to indicate accurately the extent and precise nature of one's reliance on other sources is also a form of plagiarism. The student is responsible for understanding the legitimate use of sources, the appropriate ways of acknowledging academic, scholarly, or creative indebtedness, and the consequences for violating University regulations.The last paragraph on "the legitimate use of sources" means that students are responsible for knowing how to properly give credit to the authors of the work they are pulling from to support their own research, AKA how to cite sources, whether it be in APA, Chicago Style, or MLA format. If you quote or paraphrase another author's work, you need to be sure you cite it in some form or another based on what your professor or field dictates. If you're still unsure of what exactly constitutes plagiarism, UAlbany has a handy Plagiarism 101 tutorial that you can take to learn how to avoid unintentional plagiarism - or you can make a PAWS appointment for help with your research and how to cite the sources you've located.
Help is available! Contact Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Information Studies, at (518)-442-3698 or firstname.lastname@example.org - or stop by during her office hours, held on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm.
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