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What Is Plagiarism?

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It's okay to copy graphics off the web for use in coursework, right? It's okay to use a quote from an article as long as the wording is changed around a bit, right? It's okay to copy information from the course textbook to use in a research paper, right? Wrong! These are all forms of plagiarism and can result in severe consequences for you.

The Santa Fe Student Conduct Code defines plagiarism as:

"The attempt to represent the work of another as the product of one's own thought, whether the work is published or unpublished. "Plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. This applies to speech and electronic media as well. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or distributing of term papers or other academic materials."  Santa Fe Student Conduct Code, Article I, O.2.

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty and is a serious offense that may result in failing a class, expulsion from Santa Fe or even denial of credit for classes taken For a complete outline of disciplinary sanctions for academic dishonesty, see the Santa Fe Student Conduct Code, Article IV, page 10.

The videos, books, websites and tutorials below will help you use resources wisely, cite your sources correctly and avoid the crime of plagiarism. View the SF Library's guide to Copyright for information on using resources legally.

View the video below from Penn State University for a brief introduction to plagiarism.


Books can be found on the third floor of the library and may be checked out. Use the call number (in parentheses) to locate the book.

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