Copyright and Plagiarism!
Just because something is not under copyright does not mean you can use it without crediting the creator! If you use something without giving that person appropriate credit, this is PLAGIARISM!!
Plagiarism is not tolerated at Atrium Health!
Per Dictionary.com, Plagiarism is "an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author". (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/plagiarism). Basically, if you use words or ideas of someone else and DO NOT CREDIT THAT PERSON, that is plagiarism.
1. Accidental Plagiarism - when a student does not know how to cite correctly or how to properly attribute works and/or ideas that belong to others. This can include not knowing when to properly attribute other's works and/or ideas.
2. Intentional Plagiarism - when a student knowingly takes credit for someone else's work by copying/pasting (either portion or entire works) without citation or attribution or purchasing a paper written by someone else (either one person or an online "paper mill").
3. Self-Plagiarism - when you reuse a work that you created before. Yes, you can plagiarize yourself!. If you even use a portion of a work you created before without proper citation/attribute, that is self -plagiarism.
There are many ways to Plagiarize a work. Below are some examples of Plagiarism:
What is Self-Plagiarism? Self-Plagiarism is using work you had previously created for your current project without proper citation! Some argue that self-plagiarism is not possible as you are not "stealing" the work since you previously created it. However, self-plagiarism does misrepresent your work to the reader. When reading a paper, the reader presumes that any work that is not cited is "original" work. If you do not cite previous work, you are misrepresenting to the reader that this is "new work" when it is not. By citing your work, you are telling the reader "yes, this is my work and here is where I first stated this", allowing the reader the opportunity to review the prior work. Citing previous work actually strengthens your position to the reader.
If you are preparing a presentation and you are using information that you have previously published (as a paper, poster, or another presentation), you MUST CITE IT like any other reference.
(used with permission from Cyanide and Happiness)
So I get it - Plagiarism is bad. So, how do I avoid it? I have to write this paper and do all of this research. What can I do to avoid Plagiarizing other people's work? Here are some TIPS to help AVOID PLAGIARISM:
Plagiarism is derived from the Latin term plagiarius which means kidnapper. If you use someone's work without proper credit (citation), you are "kidnapping" their work. Plagiarism is not tolerated in the academic or professional field.
Plagiarism is "an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author" (Dictionary.com). To avoid plagiarism, every direct quotation must be identified by quotation marks or appropriate indentation. Direct quotations and paraphrasing must be cited properly according to the accepted formation, such as APA. Some examples of plagiarism include:
This is not an exclusive list! For more information about Plagiarism, please refer to the website Plagiarism.org,
United States Copyright law governs the fair use of copying materials for research. Please refer to the U.S. Copyright website for more information regarding the rules and regulations regarding copyright. You can also refer to Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright
Copyright protects various types of works, including literary works, musical works, dramatic works, pictures, graphs, sound recordings and audiovisual works. This is NOT a comprehensive list. Copyright laws are defined in the U.S. Code, Title 17 Chapter 1. For a more user friendly breakdown of the U.S. Code, you can view the information on Cornell Law School website.