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Research: Avoiding Plagiarism: Understanding Plagiarism

Plagiarism defined

Plagiarism is a common (and often misunderstood) issue that can be the result of a lack of knowledge and skills.

Simply defined, plagiarism is the act of using another person's idea or work and passing it off as one's own. The failure to properly credit your source(s) is an act of academic dishonesty and must be taken seriously.

Current and prospective students at Onondaga Community College are expected to adhere to the values of intellectual and academic honesty and integrity.  This guide will explore the ways in which you can ensure that you are crediting the author or creator properly. supports the education community with a comprehensive set of resources to help students write with integrity. Find helpful articles on understanding and preventing plagiarism and more.

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Citing Your Sources

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Academic Integrity

Per the Academic Rules at OCC academic dishonesty includes:

  • paraphrasing or summarizing a source without acknowledgement,
  • turning in a paper written by another person,
  • buying a paper from a commercial source,
  • failing to properly attribute quotations within a paper, 
  • submitting the same paper for credit in more than one course without the instructor’s permission [self-plagiarism].


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