After completing this module, you will be able to:
You will apply and learn about information literacy competencies while completing this learning module.
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?
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.
What Counts as Plagiarism?
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.
How to Avoid Plagiarism
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.
In this module, you have learned how to: