1. Is plagiarism illegal?
Yes, see Massachusetts Common Laws Ch. 271, § 50
2. What is the University policy against plagiarism?
Under the University Policy and Rules for Academic Dishonesty, Cheating and Plagiarism UMass Lowell defines plagiarism as:
1). Direct quotation or word-for-word copying of all part of the work of another without identification and acknowledgement of the quoted work.
2). Extensive use of acknowledged quotations from the work of others joined together by a few words or lines of one's own text.
3). An abbreviated restatement of someone else's analysis or conclusion, however skillfully paraphrased, without acknowledgement that another person's text has been the basis for the recapitulation.
University of Massachusetts Lowell. Academic Rules and Regulations. Academic Dishonesty, Cheating, and Plagiarism: Click Here to Access Directly. Accessed September 9, 2009.
Plagiarism is often unintentional. But it is plagiarism nonetheless. This could be as simple as forgetting to properly cite the source of a quote or an idea. More often than not, citing the source of information will remedy the situation.
3. What is citing?
Citing a source provides the reader with the information necessary to easily identify and find the source you are referring to. A citation contains specific information and typically includes: author, book or article title, date and publisher for books and and journal title, volume, date and pages for journals.
See Introduction to Citations: http://library.uml.edu/knowhow/tutorials.html
4. What are the consequences of plagiarism?
All of these are possible consequences of plagiarism:
Examples of Consequences:
1. Students at the University of Georgia who used phrases from an article that appeared in the school newspaper ten years earlier were held back from graduation. (The Quill 92.5 June-July 2004):63
2. In addition, well-known authors such as Charles Ogletree, historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Stephen Ambrose have faced public embarrassment and damage to their careers when their plagiarism was widely reported in the media.
5. Tips For Avoiding Plagiarism
6. Can a professor spot plagiarism?
7. Examples of plagiarism:
8. What is Not Plagiarism?
It is NOT plagiarism when you state things that are common knowledge, such as well-known facts, folklore, frequently used proverbs or sayings, information that can be documented in multiple sources, e.g. six or more standard reference books, or facts you expect the reader to already know or are readily apparent.
Examples: [Not Plagiarism]
9. What Can You Do If You are Unfairly Accused of Plagiarism?