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Plagiarism Defined

According to the Student Handbook, plagiarism consists of the following:

When you use someone else's words, ideas, or data derived through experimentation or investigation without giving that person credit, you are plagiarizing. This is contrary to academic integrity and to the BSC Honor Code.

Plagiarism is a serious offense. It is also an unnecessary one. Protection against it is easy: simply cite the source of your material . . . Check with your professor for the precise form of documentation you should be using for a particular course.

This page contains helpful websites to learn about plagiarism and proper citations of material. You can view anonymous examples from previous Honor Council cases. Remember, ignorance is not a defense for plagiarism. We hope this page will allow students to understand the significance of plagiarism.

Useful Web sites

Turn it In

Plagiarism.org

Center for Academic Integrity

Chicago Style

MLA

Honor Codes at other colleges and universities:

Integrity Quotes

Today I am going to give you two examinations, one in trigonometry and one in honesty. I hope you will pass them both, but if you must fail one, let it be trigonometry, for there are many good [people] in this world today who cannot pass an examination in trigonometry, but there are no good [people] in the world who cannot pass an examination in honesty. -Madison Sarratt (1891-1978), Dean of Vanderbilt University.

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is. -Winston Churchill

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying - lying to others and to yourself.-Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. -Albert Einstein

To tell a falsehood is like the cut of a saber; for though the wound may heal, the scar of it will remain. -Saadi (1184-1291), Persian poet

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
-Samuel Johnson