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Plagiarism by Mind Map: Plagiarism

1. Quotes from others can be used as long as proper citation is included in order to credit the original author.

2. What is Plagiarism? (5:46)

3. DEFINITION: Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else's words or ideas and presenting them as if they are your own.

4. CONSEQUENCES: At Rowan, penalties for plagiarism depend on the severity as well as how many offenses you have had.

4.1. More serious instances (such as copying full quotes or papers with no citations as if you came up with it on your own) can go as far as to result in expulsion.

4.2. Minor plagiarism instances (such as forgetting to cite paraphrased content) can result in a failing grade for the given assignment.

5. PREVENTION: Plagiarism can be prevented by using proper citations.

5.1. Website like PurdueOwl can be used to review how to give proper citations in each format.

5.2. When it doubt it is best to provide a citation just to be safe!

6. RESPONSES: Determine the severity of the plagiarism that took place. Attempt to understand why the student plagiarized.

6.1. "Why Students Plagiarize" by Allison Berryhill

6.2. Teacher responses should differ depending on whether it was accidental plagiarism or done with malicious intent.

7. LESSON IDEAS: Students would benefit from learning how plagiarism can be harmful both to themselves as well as to the person/people they are plagiarizing from.

7.1. One lesson could include exercises on how and when a citation is needed. Students can be given examples and be asked to determine whether or not it would be considered to be plagiarism.

7.2. Another lesson could include a workshop on effective ways to take information from readings and put them into their own words. The lesson would focus on how to read critically and retain the information as opposed to simply reading and copying.