Plagiarism is a serious form of academic misconduct.

The purposes of this brief tutorial and the associated quiz are to help you:

  • Understand what plagiarism is
  • Understand why plagiarism is wrong and whom it hurts
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • In this era of widely disseminated knowledge and opinions in a vast variety of types of media available on the Internet, it can be very difficult to navigate these waters.

    Your job &mdash recognizing what is appropriate use of knowledge and what is not &mdash is arguably more difficult than it ever has been before, because there is so much more knowledge available per unit of your time.

    Sometimes it seems like knowledge and content are almost always free. And if something is free, whom does using it harm? This is a valid question, and we will answer it.

    But first, before we begin, I must avoid plagiarism myself by acknowledging my sources.

    I have developed this tutorial based on the work of Thomas S. Dee and Brian Jacob, who cited resources developed by Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby Colleges. I have reprinted some passages verbatim and rewritten others, and hence this tutorial should be viewed as their intellectual property.

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