Professor C.T. Evans

Please inform yourself about plagiarism before you begin your course.
1.  Read the NOVA Online policy statement on academic dishonesty (reprinted here):
Academic dishonesty 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.
2.  Read the official NVCC statement on academic dishonesty (reprinted here):

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.


3.  Read my policy on plagiarism and cheating:
Any instance of academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism on any assignment or exam will result in immediate grade of "F" in the course.
4.  Read my policy on citing sources:

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 (, but if the URL is a long one, you are better off using a footnote.

You may also check the Citing Sources noted below for further information. If you have any questions, please check with your instructor.

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.
Plagiarism information at NVCC
Myths about Plagiarism by Denise Ashkenas, Alexandria campus
Citation Help & Plagiarism

Plagiarism 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 for writers.
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.
Citing Sources
Duke University Libraries, Citing Sources, is a good worksheet.
Georgetown 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 style systems. 

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


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