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LIS2004 Strategies for Online Research | Prof. Machado Dillon

This guide contains resources for students of Prof. Machado Dillon's LIS2004 course.

LIS2004 Lesson 1

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognize plagiarism and the consequences of plagiarizing

Information Literacy Competencies

You will apply and learn about information literacy competencies while completing this learning module.

  • The primary competency related to this module is Information Has Value
  • The primary knowledge practice is to give credit to the original ideas of others through proper attribution and citation
What is Plagiarism?

“Plagiarism is the use of another’s work, words, or ideas without attribution. The word “plagiarism” comes from the Latin word for “kidnapper” and is considered a form of theft, a breach of honesty in the academic community.”

Read more about plagiarism from Yale University's Center for Teaching and Learning: What is Plagiarism?

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Types of Plagiarism


5 Types of Plagiarism - Direct, Invented Sources, Patchwork/Mosaic, Self-Plagiarism, Accidental

(From BibMe,

Copyright and Plagiarism

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has ignited the debate on what can be copyrighted as well as the ethics of using AI generated writing and research.

Simply put, copyright and plagiarism are two different things. The former dealing with legal rights a creator has and the latter the ethics of attribution and reuse. Their interests over overlap, but year-to-year the concerns and stories are often very different.

However, that is not true this year.

In 2022 and looking ahead to 2023, there is one story that is dominating the narrative of both copyright and plagiarism matters: Artificial Intelligence.

News Articles

What Counts as Plagiarism?
  • Turning in a paper or assignment you did not write
  • Using your own paper for more than one assignment
  • Downloading or buying a paper online or paying someone to write your paper
  • Using a quote without acknowledging the source
  • Paraphrasing someone else’s words without giving the author credit by using a citation
  • Making up citations
  • Copying images, audio, video, graphs, etc. without giving credit to the original source


A note on self plagiarism:

Self-plagiarism happens when you submit your own paper in more than one course without permission of the instructors.

How is this plagiarism? An important part of academic honesty is that your writing should accurately reflect what you learned in a specific class. The point of college is to acquire knowledge, and your education is an investment in you. Don't cheat yourself.

From SJSU Plagiarism LibGuide

How to Avoid Plagiarism
  • Cite any information you get from another source including text from any published or unpublished sources of information. This includes song lyrics, artwork, and graphics.
  • Cite all direct quotes.
  • Cite when you paraphrase (restate something you read in your own words).
  • Cite summaries (providing an overview of the main idea using your own words).
  • Adhere to a citation style.
    • APA: used by many disciplines including the “hard” and social sciences, nursing, medicine
    • MLA: used for English and literature


If you need one-one-one assistance, you can:

  • Visit your professor. Your professors are available to meet with you outside of class (or online) during their office hours. Stop by or schedule a meeting to ask questions and get clarification.

  • Visit your campus Learning Resources (Library or Writing Center) for assistance. Librarians and writing tutors are citation experts!

  • Visit your Study Skills tutor. These specialists can show you the best way to take notes on your sources and organize them to make it easier to incorporate into your paper.

Further Reading

Plagiarism in the news:

Plagiarism among authors:

Plagiarism on TV:


In this module, you have learned how to:

  1. Recognize plagiarism and the consequences of plagiarizing