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What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic and student conduct rules and is punishable with a failing grade for the assignment, for the course, and possibly even more severe action.

All written work submitted for a course, except for acknowledged quotations, must be expressed in the student's own words. It must also be constructed upon a plan of the student's own devising. Work or words copied without acknowledgment from a book, from another student's paper, from the internet, or from any other source (a book, article, encyclopedia, etc.) is plagiarized.

Plagiarism can range from wholesale copying of passages from another's work to using the views, opinions, and insights of another without acknowledgment, to paraphrasing another person's original phrases without acknowledgment.

Plagiarism is the use of intellectual material produced by another person without acknowledging its source. This includes, but is not limited to:

(a.) Copying from the writings or works of others into one's academic assignment without attribution, or submitting such work as if it were one's own;
(b.) Using the views, opinions, or insights of another without acknowledgment; or
(c.) Paraphrasing the characteristic or original phraseology, metaphor, or other literary device of another without proper attribution.

To learn more about what plagiarism is and how you and your fellow students can avoid it in your written work at Santa Monica College, please click HERE to view the Georgetown University Honor Council website on plagiarism.