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 <http://oed.com/viewdictionaryentry/Entry/144939>.)
Check out this video from the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University.
Parts 2 and 3 can be found on their website.
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:
Learn more about Belmont's Academic Honor System.
Four reasons to cite (from UCLA libraries)
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.