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Plagiarism: What is it?

There are many forms of plagiarism, some intentional and others are accidental.  Most often, the form of plagiarism that pervades is unintentional and is based on the student’s lack of understanding on proper methods to cite sources.

Intentional Plagiarism

The most egregious form of plagiarism is the “cutting” and “pasting” of sentences or paragraphs of work that is not your own.  Turning in work that is not your own or has been used in another class is plagiarism.  Using an idea that is not your own and representing it as such is also plagiarism.

Unintentional Plagiarism

Any idea that is not common knowledge must be footnoted.  Any information: dates, information, ideas, names and statistical data that is retrieved from another source must be footnoted.  Any idea that did not originate from the author’s mind must be footnoted.  Quoting other sources and using other sources is the backbone of research paper writing.  At no time should the student feel ashamed or afraid to footnote because of the over use of other source materials, in fact the footnote serves as a way to let the professor know that you have taken time and effort in the writing of your paper.

If at any time the student feels concerned or afraid that they may not be citing their papers properly, please come to the instructor before the due date of the assignment.

Purchasing papers online falls under plagiarism and will be held to the same standards as a plagiarized paper.

Paraphrased ideas from your textbook or any other book must be cited.

If you have any questions about citations, please come and see me. Below you will find the NYCCT academic integrity statement:

Academic Integrity at City Tech
Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the
College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of
Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.  The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the catalog.
— NYCCT statement on academic integrity

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