Plagiarism is taken very seriously both in my class and at Triton High School. If you are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism please do not hesitate to see me.


What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is academic stealing and lying. An individual uses someone else’s words or ideas and fails to give proper, if any, credit to the original source.
(Standley Lake High School Policy, 1)


Please refer to the student handbook for more information regarding plagiarism and the consequences of plagiarism.



Questions
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What about stuff on wikipedia? How do I cite that?
First of all as I'm sure you know, wikipedia is not the best research source available and should never be your only source (see more about that on the reasearch resources page), but even wikipedia tracks who pots and uses citations so you can give credit to an author or at very least to wikipedia.
If a student plagiarized by mistake and wouldn't if we realized it was plagiarism would you let us fix the accidental mistake or would you give us a zero (0)?
The point of the lesson on plagiarism was to teach you what plagiarism is so there will be no "accidental" plagiarism. If you are unsure if you should cite something ask me before you turn in your final draft and I'd be happy to help you. Once you turn in your final draft I expect that you have reviewed it (and asked for help if needed) to make sure everything is cited properly. I do take plagiarism very seriously and don't believe there is "accidental" plagiarism.
If you summarize or paraphrase from a piece of writing wouldn't it not be considered plagiarism because those are your own words? If you take the information and put it in your own words it's not like you stole those exact words. I just don't understand why if it's in your own words you have to cite it.
When you put something into your own words you don't need to use quotes because the words are your own, but you do need to cite your source at the end of your paper because the original ideas and thoughts tht your words came from were someone else's. Remember, plagiarism isn't just taking words that are not your own, it's also taking ideas, thoughts, art, music, or any original piece of work that is not yours and not giving credit. If you have based your words off someone else's words or ideas you still need to give credit to that person.
If plagiarism is against the law why do so many people still sell papers online? Are they selling them because they don't mind sharing their work?
Speeding is against the law, but that doesn't stop everyone from doing it. People are probably selling papers because they want to make money off them and people are buying them!
If someone were to paste a picture from the internet into their project where would they cite that information?
You would cite that information in your works cited page at the end of your paper/project.
If I read the article and agreed with a lot of the ideas would it be called plagiarism if I used the points I agreed with in a paper in my own words?
If you use ideas from someone else you don't need to quote them but you still need to give credit to the original source. You can certainly use the points in your own words and explain why you agree with them, but just make sure at the end of your paper you cite where you got the original ideas from.
You can forward text messages. If you forward them would that be considered plagiarism?
I've never forwarded a text message myself, but I imagine it's like forwarding an email. When you forward an email it shows the original message and the name of the person who sent it, so the person receiving the email knows that you didn't write it. This wouldn't be plagiarism because you are not trying to pass off the words/ideas as your own.
When you are writing a paper and use a quote do you cite the source at the end of the quote or at the end of the paper?
When you quote something in your paper you will use a footnote that will indicate where you got the quote from. You will also put a full citation at the end of your paper in your works cited page.
What if you write something and it's a lot like an article, but you didn't use that article and it's purely coincidental?
If it is completely your own original work and you did not outside research you would not need to cite anything and it should be obvious that it is your own unique work. However, a good tip (especially when you are in college or another high stakes environment) is to cross check your paper and ideas. If you find an article/resource that is very similar to your paper/ideas you can always make reference to it in your paper to make sure that you are covered.
What is MLA format and do we have to use it?
MLA stands for Modern Language Association, and it is one way of citing your paper. In this class (and all the history classes you will ever take) you will cite your papers in MLA format. In other content areas you may use other forms of citations that are different from MLA, but in this class you will always use MLA.
If you are writing something down and take five (5) or less words directly from a piece of work do you have to quote it? How many words do you have to use before you use quotations?
Whether it is one word or 100+ you need to put anything you take directly from another source that is not common knowledge in quotes.
What should I do if I find a picture I want to use but can't find out who took the picture?
Many popular historical pictures are posted all over the internet, and you can typically find another website/book that will give you full information. If you are unable to get all the information you need to cite the picture fully and would still like to use it fill in as much of the information that is availab.e