What is Plagiarism?

A Short Quiz and Concept Lesson by Ted Frick

The Smith College Student Handbook lists several Academic Honor Code infractions. In particular, the code states

I. DISHONEST PREPARATION OF COURSE WORK
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.

(quoted from The Smith College Student Handbook Academic Honor Code)

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Plagiarism Lesson by Ted Frick | Last Revised: September 7, 2005 | Copyright 2000-2005, Indiana University

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.