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BILS (Building Information Literacy Skills) Tutorial

A text and video tutorial that will introduce students to the research process and Bunch Library


What is plagiarism?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft."

("plagiarism, n.". OED Online. March 2012. Oxford University Press. 31 May 2012 <>.)

What is plagiarism?

Check out this video from the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University. 

Parts 2 and 3 can be found on their website.

Belmont's Academic Honor Pledge

All students accept this Academic Honor Pledge upon admission to the university.

"In affirmation of the Belmont University Statement of Values, I pledge that I will not give or receive aid during examinations; I will not give or receive false or impermissible aid in course work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other type of work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of my grade; I will not engage in any form of academic fraud. Furthermore, I will uphold my responsibility to see to it that others abide by the spirit and letter of this Honor Pledge."

Consequences of Plagiarism:

Academic Probation until graduation.

Possibility of one of the following:

  • F on the assignment
  • F in the course
  • FX in the course (the FX indicates on the student's transcript that it was an Honor System violation)

Learn more about Belmont's Academic Honor System.

Why cite?

Four reasons to cite (from UCLA libraries)

  1. Helps you avoid plagiarizing.
  2. Allows the reader to find your research sources. Think of citations as footprints leading the reader through some of the steps you took to reach your conclusions.
  3. Provides evidence for your arguments and adds credibility to your work by demonstrating that you have sought out and considered a variety of viewpoints on a given topic.
  4. Is standard practice for scholars and students engaged in written academic conversations. By citing your sources, you demonstrate that you are responding to this person, agreeing with that person, adding something to what so-and-so said and so forth.

What do I cite?

For a detailed explanation of what should be cited and why, check out this PDF from the Writing Center.  It also includes helpful tips on how to paraphrase and format your qoutes properly.

You should cite anything that you quote driectly from another source, whether that's a movie, an audio clip, a newspaper, or a scholarly article.

You should also cite information that you learned from another source.  If you're paraphrasing or summarizing someone else's information, you still need to give them credit for coming up with the idea.

You don't need to cite things that are considered "common knowledge", meaning basic facts or other things most people know.

You don't need to cite your own experiences, thoughts, or conclusions about a subject.

For more information about when and what to cite, check out UCLA's tutorial or the OWL at Purdue.