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Plagiarism refers to presenting someone else’s ideas and words as one’s own, both intentionally and accidentally. Intentional plagiarism means that a student copies an essay or part of an assignment from the Internet, books, a different student, or any other source and presents it as his or her own. Inadvertent or accidental plagiarism means that the student is writing a paper in good faith, but does not know how to give credit correctly to sources both through in-text citations and in the Works Cited page. For example, the student might quote a passage from the text, announce the name of the author through a signal verb, but not include quotations marks. When in doubt, the student should consult the professor and provide copies of the sources to be verified before submitting the work to be graded. For further details, see the fifth edition of The Little, Brown Compact Handbook (342-50).
Having someone else make corrections on a paper, except for the other students in class during peer critique, the professor, and the Writing Center tutor, constitutes plagiarism as well. Other forms of cheating include submitting any papers or parts of projects students have written for any other class without the consent of both professors.
The consequences of plagiarism range from failing the assignment to failing the course.