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Think You Know What Plagiarism Looks Like? Try This Self-Test

We are starting this section with a presentation that shows what plagiarism "looks like." Do you know what plagiarism looks like? Would you recognize it if you saw it or if you created it yourself? This slide presentation gives you several examples of plagiarism and explains why plagiarism has or has not occurred in the example. Read the examples carefully and take the time to digest the explanation given for each example.

To view the presentation, click on the arrow pointing to the right in the image above. You may then select the 4-sided arrow icon on the lower right to maximize the slide show screen. When the presentation is over, hit your escape key to exit full screen mode.

How To Recognize Plagiarism Tutorial - Optional Assignment

This is an optional assignment, meaning it is not required.

Now that you know what plagiarism looks like, work your way through this tutorial from Indiana University Bloomington to reinforce what you learned in the previous section with a bit more specificity. Here you will learn the difference betweeen "word-for-word" plagiarism and "paraphrasing" plagiarism. Again, pay close attention to the examples and explanations.

Take the short test at the end of the tutorial and see if you can score 100%. You could receive a certificate if you do! Don't feel bad if you don't get the answers correct the first time. Good luck!

Here is the link to the tutorial:

Academic Dishonesty & Plagiarism

The sources below help provide further definition of what plagiarism is:

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Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any Health Studies course. Academic honesty is the foundation of the academic community. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts of dishonesty designed to provide unfair advantage to the student or the attempt to commit such acts. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, or class assignments intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.

Work returned for plagiarism will be given a 0 for that assignment and will be reported to the Office of Student Life. Additionally a copy will be kept in the student's departmental file.

University Statement on Academic Dishonesty

Honesty in completing assignments is essential to the mission of the university and to the development of the personal integrity of the student. Cheating, plagiarism, or other kinds of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in appropriate sanctions that may include failing an assignment, failing the class, or being suspended or expelled. Suspected cases in this course may be reported to Student Life. The specific disciplinary process for academic dishonesty is found in the TWU Student Handbook:

Department Policy on Plagiarism

The Department of Health Studies has a strict policy against plagiarism. According to the Professional Behaviors Expected of Students in the College of Health Sciences (2004) document (found in the Health Studies Undergraduate Program Handbook), plagiarism is submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely one's own work. You must use citations when you use information that is not your own. These must be in APA format. Your instructors have resources that allow them to determine whether your work is your own, and may take the following actions when plagiarism is found in a student's work:

  1. The student will be awarded an F in the course and denied further participation in the course.
  2. The student will forfeit all monies associated with a School/Department or College Scholarship or Grant
  3. A second infraction of academic dishonesty, in addition to the consequences stated above, may warrant the student being dismissed from the Department, and enrollment in the College will be prohibited for one full academic year.

We also encourage you to refer to Section 4: Student Conduct Policies in the Student Life Handbook that addresses Academic Dishonesty at:

APA Style

The Department of Health Studies has adopted the writing style guide of the American Psychological Association (APA). This style guide is generally used by Social Science disciplines. You will hear a lot about APA writing style throughout your courses in Health Studies and probably many other classes, as well. So, what does APA style have to do with cheating and plagiarism? APA style sets the standard for referencing and citing sources of information in order to avoid instances of cheating and plagiarism. Having learned what plagiarism is, APA style helps you avoid it by using quotations where appropriate and citing and referencing your sources.

Additionally, APA style has kept up with the times by continuing to define standards for professional writing, such as people-first language usage to avoid bias when referencing gender, minority, or disability status, and more recently, the attribution of thoughts, ideas, and writing expressed and accessed via electronic media (blogs, wikis, email, tweets, friending, and text messaging).

The following sites provide guidance for students to avoid plagiarizing when writing papers. Students are encouraged to seek help from the writing center, a professor, or a reputable published guide. Most libraries have copies of all the accepted style guides, and many exist on the internet. Librarians are also an excellent source of assistance for finding resources to use in your papers and presentations. Here are some helpful resources:

Tools to Avoid Cheating & Plagiarism

Tools to help you avoid plagiarism and cheating are all around you. From the Texas Woman's University Library, to numerous sites on the internet, to Turnitin, there is so much assistance on this issue that the excuse, "I didn't know that was cheating," is simply no longer acceptable. You will write many papers and discussion boards in the course of your academic career and you will need the information contained in this section to help you avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism and cheating. This section contains just a few of the resources you should use to help you avoid missed citations in your papers, paraphrasing accidents, and other manifestations of cheating. Here are some sites that can help:

If your professor has not given you access to Turnitin to check your own paper before submission, ask them to do so. Or, you can try the free tools at the sites below for a preliminary check. The internet is full of sources to help you check your work for forgotten quotation marks or in-text citations.

Use of Turnitin

In an effort to ensure the integrity of the academic process, Texas Woman’s University vigorously affirms the importance of academic honesty as defined by the Student Handbook. Therefore, in an effort to detect and prevent plagiarism, faculty members at Texas Woman’s University may now use a tool called Turnitin to compare a student’s work with multiple sources. It then reports a percentage of similarity and provides links to those specific sources. The tool itself does not determine whether or not a paper has been plagiarized. Instead, that judgment must be made by the individual faculty member.

Students may be required to use Turnitin for papers in this course. The instructor may check other required assignments in this course for plagiarism using Turnitin.

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