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1. What is plagiarism? 2. What are my options to avoid it? 3. Brief review of MLA and Purdue OWL 4. Purdue Scavenger Hunt

1. What is plagiarism? 2. What are my options to avoid it? 3. Brief review of MLA and Purdue OWL 4. Purdue Scavenger Hunt.

Dec 29, 2015



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  • What is plagiarism?What are my options to avoid it?Brief review of MLA and Purdue OWLPurdue Scavenger Hunt

  • Copying one paragraph of your paper from a friend.Using a quote from a website in your benchmark project paper, with a parenthetical citation, but forgetting to put quotation marks around it.Using ideas, but not direct quotations, from SparkNotes.Cutting and pasting a sentence from a website and then changing some of the words to synonyms.Putting Barack Obama is the President of the United States in your paper and not citing that fact.You have citations, but almost the whole paper is quotes.You have parenthetical citations, but you got them mixed up and they do not lead to the right source.

  • Passing off as ones own someone elses work or ideas (from Latin plagirius, kidnapper, literary thief).~ Macmillan Dictionary


  • At Irvington, if you plagiarize:1st time: Zero on the assignment, call home, conference with parent and administrator. Can lose class privileges like contracts.2nd time: NC in the class3rd time: loss of extracurriculars, expulsionIn the Real World, if you plagiarize, you mayBe expelled from college the first timeLose your jobLose recommendations to another college or jobBe sued by the person whose idea you borrowed

  • Info is so general its common knowledge. Nobody would need to look it up:George Washington was the first US President.Most schools have a summer vacation.The Earth revolves around the sun.Pollution is bad for the environment.When the idea is your own:Romeo and Juliets relationship is difficult for modern audiences to understand because the characters fall in love more quickly than modern people. When in Doubt, Cite!

  • Summarize or Paraphrase Put the information completely in your own words, with a citation.Or2. Use direct quotationsUse the authors words, with quotation marks around them and a citation.

  • Works Cited

    Bily, Cynthia A. The Impact of E-Waste. Chicago: Greenhaven Press, 2009. Print.

    Mayo, Katie. Personal interview. 16 Oct. 2012.

    Pollution. The World Book Encyclopedia. 3rd ed. 2003. Print.

    A page at the end of your paper listing each source you used

  • and Parenthetical citations inside the essay: The author and page number (OR the page title if no author) right after the fact or quote:

    Burrowing owls are an endangered species because of their habitat. Burrowing owls live in underground dens that are easily threatened by construction projects (Miller 55). Even if construction crews dont hurt the owls, the birds may still become too afraid to lay eggs. Burrowing owl populations have gone down by 45% in the last ten years (Threatened Bird Statistics). Construction companies need to look for burrowing owls before they start working on a new project.

  • We all have to use the same format to write papers & list our sources at the end of the paper

    MLA Handbook = a set of rules to do this


  • So where can you go to get help?Your planner

    Expert sites like Purdue OWL