|Please inform yourself about plagiarism before you begin your course.
1. Read the NOVA Online policy statement on academic
dishonesty (reprinted here):
2. Read the official NVCC
statement on academic
includes cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of dishonorable
conduct (see the NVCC Student Handbook for more detailed
information). Such dishonesty will not be tolerated. Penalties
can range from the issuance of failing grades (on an assignment,
an exam, the course) to being referred to the Dean of Student
Development for further disciplinary action, including possible
expulsion from the College.
3. Read my policy on
plagiarism and cheating:
When College officials award credit, degrees, and certificates, they must assume the absolute integrity of the work students have done; therefore, it is important that students maintain the highest standard of honor in their scholastic work.
The College does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Students who are not honest in their academic work will face disciplinary action along with any grade penalty the instructor imposes. Procedures for disciplinary measures and appeals are outlined in the Student Handbook. In extreme cases, academic dishonesty may result in dismissal from the College. Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:
- cheating on an examination or quiz, including giving, receiving, or soliciting information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials during the examination or quiz;
- buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting any material purported to be the unreleased contents of a forthcoming examination, or the use of such material;
- substituting for another person during an examination or allowing another person to take the student’s place;
- plagiarizing, which means taking credit for another person’s work or ideas. This includes copying another person’s work either word-for-word or in substance without acknowledging the source;
- accepting help from or giving help to another person to complete an assignment, unless the instructor has approved such collaboration in advance;
- knowingly furnishing false information to the College; forgery and alteration or use of College documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud.
4. Read my policy on
|Any instance of academic
dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism on any assignment or exam will
result in immediate grade of "F" in the course.
If you understand the
issue of plagiarism/cheating, you should proceed with your course. If you need further
explanation of plagiarism and citation issues, please check with your instructor or some
of the resources listed below.
information at NVCC
about Plagiarism by Denise Ashkenas, Alexandria campus
Citation Help & Plagiarism
For a paper writing
assignment in one of my courses in which you are using the required book (or primary source), simple page number in
parenthesis is fine (32)--because I know what source you are using.
For a paragraph writing assignment, simply use quotation marks around your quote. You do not need to include a citation because I know the specific document that you are using.
For a paper assignment in which you are referencing multiple sources, you can use footnotes to cite your sources. You can also use parenthetical URL (www.course.edu/Gilgamesh/paper.html), but if the URL is a long one, you are better off using a footnote.
also check the Citing Sources noted below for further information. If you have any questions, please check with your instructor.
information at some major universities
Indiana University's, Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid, has some good
examples of plagiarism. See also the general Writing Resources.
University of California at Davis (Student Judicial Affairs), Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering the
Art of Scholarship, is a nicely-designed website that conveys the full
seriousness of the issue of plagiarism.
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab has a very well done
website on Avoiding Plagiarism.
The Writing Place at Northwestern University has Avoiding Plagiarism with a set of nice tips
St. Cloud University has a short
note on paraphrasing, the The Puzzling Paraphrase.
Another good resource is Using Sources, by Sharon Williams at
Hamilton College, with some general remarks and detailed explanation of examples.
Duke University Libraries, Citing Sources,
is a good worksheet.
University Library, Manage Bibliographies & Citations, provides links to information about the
various systems for citing sources.
A Brief Citation
Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities by Melvin Page, East
Tennessee State University, provides a short comparison site of MLA,
APA and Chicago citation of online resources styles.
APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago Citation Styles is a good starting place to learn about MLA, APA and Chicago
Citing Electronic Information in History Papers, by Maurice Crouse, University
of Memphis, is useful.
Internet Resources on Citing: The Trademark of a Good Writer
Here is a video that you can watch about plagiarism: The punishable perils of plagiarism - Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio.
Listen to some brief remarks about
plagiarism as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as a txt file