Reading & Writing Center
Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas without giving them proper credit. Plagairism includes puchasing a paper or part of a paper online or paying someone to complete your work for you. Plagiarism is a serious offense. According to LPC policy, you could receive an F for any paper that is plagiarized in whole or in part, and futher disciplinary action is also a possibility.
To make sure you don't plagiarize:
- Always put quotation marks around any text that you did not write and tell readers who did write it.
- If you discuss information that you read somewhere (such as a fact or statistic), make sure to tell readers where the information came from.
- Follow all citation directions for the citation style used by your class (for example, MLA style, APA style)
- Don't upload your writing assignments to an essay-sharing website or give your essay to another student for them to copy.
- Most importantly, always complete your own work.
- You Quote It, You Cite It! - An interactive tutorial lesson on citation
- Citation Style Guides - A thorough explanation of MLA and APA citation styles, with examples
- Research Help Tutorials - A collection of strategies for research and documentation
- What is Plagiarism? - A brief powerpoint presentation describing the basics of plagiarism
Las Positas College
- Academic Honesty Statement - Las Positas's policy on cheating and plagiarism
- Student Conduct and Due Process - Explains the consequences of plagiarism
- RAW Plagiarism Site for Instructors - How to help students avoid plagiarism