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Avoid Plagiarism: Writing it Right: Intentional Plagiarism

Intentional Plagiarism

Is it Plagiarism?

Poll on Intentional Plagiarism.  Choose the correct answer from the following

You are required to write a research paper. You find articles on your topic in several sources. You copy and paste portions of the articles into your paper without putting those parts in quotes or providing citations.
Yes, it is. Where you got your information should be cited.: 15 votes (100%)
No, it is not. My instructor required me to use sources so I used them in my paper. There is no need to cite them: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 15
I have a paper due tomorrow! Since I don't have time to write it, I'm going to purchase a paper online. It should be ok this one time right?
Yes, of course! I just don't have time to complete it on my own.: 2 votes (14.29%)
No! Any use of other people's work as your own is a misrepresentation. This can have serious consequences including expulsion from school.: 12 votes (85.71%)
Total Votes: 14

What is plagiarism? -- Video

Intentional Plagiarism -- Websites

Paper 'Mills' and other Sources for Copied Papers

"An essay mill (or paper mill) is a ghostwriting service that sells essays and other homework writing to university and college students. Since plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty or academic fraud, universities and colleges may investigate papers suspected to be from an essay mill by using Internet plagiarism detection software, which compares essays against a database of known essay mill essays and by orally testing students on the contents of their papers."

      **Wikipedia, definition of Paper Mill.



Several tools prevent use of purchased papers.  One tool, Turnitin, is used by many of the Cal State and UCs in California.  These services scan your paper against sources found on the Internet and against a collection of journals, books, and other sources.  See the description below at the website.