This library guide will help you learn how to:
In a nutshell, plagiarism is passing off someone else’s work as your own. More specifically, it involves using someone else’s work – their words, thoughts, ideas, data, or designs – in the context of your own research or publishing, and failing to give credit to your source.
When you conduct academic research, you rely on the use of outside sources to answer your research questions and to support your own arguments. You build on the work of others in order to create new knowledge. When you do this, it is important to acknowledge the contributions of those whose work you have incorporated into your own – to give credit where it is due.
People plagiarize for many reasons:
Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional. There are circumstances in which individuals knowingly use others’ intellectual property without acknowledging their work. But plagiarism is not always that cut and dried, and inexperience or ignorance can lead to mistakes.
Intentional plagiarism is knowingly presenting someone else’s work as your own, or stealing that person’s intellectual property, and includes the following examples:
Unintentional plagiarism is failing to give proper credit to someone else’s work for any of these reasons:
In this short video three Bakersfield College faculty members weigh in on what constitutes plagiarism:
Procedure 4F8G of the Cerro Coso Community College Student Conduct Policy identifies plagiarism as an offense that may result in a failing grade on the assignment, as well as additional penalties determined to be appropriate by the College.
You are subject to penalties regardless of whether your plagiarism was intentional or unintentional, so take your time, and when in doubt cite your source.