Student Plagiarism Resources

In college programs that require students to submit many written assignments, plagiarism is a very common breach of academic integrity. Certain acts of plagiarism, such as buying a term paper off the Internet or "copying and pasting" text from a web site are deliberately dishonest. However, students often unintentionally plagiarize when they neglect to properly credit and document the ideas of others.

Quiz Yourself
After you review these resources, can you recognize common mistakes related to footnoting, paraphrasing and proper attribution?

Empire State College's Statement on Academic Integrity Includes Practical Advice
For a thorough overview of the college's position and specific tips on how to avoid common pitfalls, follow this link to Academic Integrity and Writing the Research Paper. Here you will find strategies to solve some common mistakes, such as relying too heavily upon others' information, using others' words in a paraphrase or summary, and incorrectly citing and documenting sources. For additional information, follow this link to review some thoughtful guidelines published by the Genesee Valley Center Writing Center.

Knowing How to Write a Research Paper Can Help You Avoid Plagiarism
The Writing Resource Center offers a step-by-step guide to in the section on Research Writing. You'll also find suggestions for taking notes, working with quotations, developing proper attribution of others' ideas and the preparation of footnotes, bibliographies and other documentation. If you need help with paraphrasing skills, you'll find useful explanations and exercises at the Writing Resource Center.
    The Empire State College Library offers several options for developing research skills. A Six Step Approach to Doing Research, is a quick 15-minute introduction to doing research using the resources of the Empire State College Library.

    If you prefer to work at your own pace or want to know more about traditional and electronic tools for research, explore the Online Study for Information Literacy. You can access this via Library home page and it requires no password. There are eight modules in all, or you can consult one as a "ready reference" to brush up on a particular skill. In addition, you and your mentor or tutor may want to consider integrating this study into a learning contract that includes a research project. Topics covered include: finding books in libraries, identifying reference tools, using research databases and the Internet, and organizing, documenting and evaluating research sources.

    Useful Links at Other Colleges
    Plagiarism: What Is It and How to Recognize and Avoid It
    Indiana University's Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services offers a quick overview of the topic. Especially useful is the section on footnoting and how to determine what is considered "common knowledge."

    Avoiding Plagiarism: Practical Strategies
    This is a unit of a larger Duke University Online Guide to Library Research. It contains practical information on how to tackle a research paper, helpful hints on taking notes, as well as tips on preparing footnotes and bibliographies.

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