Source Use

For the “plagiarism form” and documents focused on source use, click here

Information about the use of sources, signal phrases, evaluating web sources; quoting, paraphrasing, and acknowledging sources; and the limitations of MS Word when referencing, may also be found at the above link.

Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of the integrity of the educational process and community. As the Defiance College Academic Integrity Policy states (see your student handbook), “All members of the DC community are expected to engage in their academic tasks with integrity and respect for others. A major part of the learning accomplished in college is the development of critical thinking skills, and these skills are only developed when each person’s work reflects his or her own original thought.

Defiance College is committed to helping each student to understand and practice the highest degree of integrity in his or her academic work, and to take from that work the greatest intellectual and ethical benefit.” Furthermore, “The basic rule for academic honesty is that a student’s work should always be his or her own.”

Plagiarism, a form of academic dishonesty, occurs when students use the ideas and/or language/wording of another without proper citation or quotation, irregardless of a student’s intent. Students who recycle work from another course, passing it off as new work are also guilty of academic dishonesty. Students who commit academic dishonesty will fail the assignment, if not the course, and have their actions formally reported to the Academic Dean’s Office.

Please reference this page and/or talk with me if you have any doubts whatsoever about your use of sources.



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