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How to Recognize Plagiarism

Definition of Plagiarism

The Smith College Student Handbook lists several Academic Honor Code infractions.

In particular, the code states:

Students and faculty at Smith are part of an academic community defined by its commitment to scholarship. Scholarship depends on scrupulous and attentive acknowledgement of all sources of information. As we construct and compile bodies of work, proper citation is required to recognize the work of those who precede us and to mark us as members of a scholarly community dedicated to thought and research. The practice of scholarly citation is central to academic and intellectual integrity and thus is vital to the life of the community. Smith College expects all submitted work - whether essays, solutions to problems, research papers, or examinations - to be the original work of the author (whether student, faculty member, or member of the administration) and to acknowledge all sources of information used in compiling the work.

The Smith College community maintains that any evasion of the essence of the academic honor system is a violation of the Academic Honor Code. The following are some examples of specific infractions:

In the preparation of class and written work, intellectual honesty demands that a student properly acknowledge the source of all information gathered, including the work of other students. Failure to do so to any degree is plagiarism (see “Referring to Your Sources” in Writing Papers: A Student Handbook for Students at Smith College) and a violation of the code.

A student in doubt about whether or how to cite properly should consult the instructor of the course, the Jacobsen Center, the class dean, a Student Academic Advisor, or the chair of the Academic Honor Board.

Some examples of infractions are the following:

• use of corrected notebooks or exercises without the specific prior approval of the student or instructor involved;

• submission of the same paper by more than one student or for more than one course without the specific prior approval of those involved. This includes submission of identical work resulting from group projects without prior approval of the instructor;

• unauthorized or unacknowledged use of outside sources including, but not limited to:

   1. another student’s materials;

   2. any research, published or otherwise, not done by the student;

   3. any material found on the Internet.

• use of language translations or published notes in the preparation of course work without the specific prior permission of the instructor;

•use of false signatures or initials, including the forgery of an adviser’s signature or initials, during course registration.

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This tutorial site was developed by the Instructional Systems Technology Department in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington to offer students a chance to learn to recognize plagiarism. The Smith College Information Literacy Team is grateful for permission to use this tutorial as part of its program.

  • Content Design: Elizabeth Boling and Theodore Frick
  • Instructional Development and Formative Evaluation: Meltem Albayrak-Karahan, Joseph Defazio, Noriko Matsumura
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