present new temptations to plagiarize.
it's easy to download, print, or cut and paste materials off the
web, it's easy to forget that electronic documents are not necessarily
common property. Despite
ongoing discussions about how the web may be rapidly changing
way intellectual property is defined,
current accepted practice requires that an author be credited
regardless of the format of their work.
by Sarah Malavasic '02
it's widespread practice, using images or code from web sources
without permission or citation is technically plagiarism and is
regarded as such by the University.
and pasting from an electronic document is as much plagiarism as
"lifting" sections of a print document. Professors also
expect you to be clear and accurate about whether documents you
used were print or web-based.
a friend's work forwarded in an e-mail as your own is still plagiarism.
also not ethical to submit the same paper for two different classes
without the permission of both instructors.
The University at Albany considers
the following to be unethical practice:
prepared research or completed papers or projects
your own work without prior consent of the instructor (multiple submission)
the words or phrases of others without properly crediting your source
the ideas or theories of others without crediting them
sections from online or print sources without crediting sources
Rights & Responsibilities, 2007-2010, 20)
When in doubt, always provide
citations which allow your readers to locate the source of information
or ideas that are not your own. Determining when to credit sources
will become easier as you develop your research and writing skills.
For more information and examples of how to use sources see:
Plagiarism and How
to Avoid it
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