Plagiarism Tutorial

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism, i.e., is using someone else's ideas or expression of ideas (in any fixed form such as text, images, sound, video, and so forth) without proper attribution or citation.  Such theft of ideas is unacceptable in any forum but particularly so in the academic setting of a university.  LSU considers plagiarism "to be an extremely serious violation of academic integrity." See the "Understanding Academic Integrity" site for a very good explanation of the types of plagiariam.

Plagiarism is using or passing off someone else's work as your own, whether you have taken it verbatim (exactly) or whether you have paraphrased or manipulated it.  While appropriating works or ideas from other people without attribution has always been wrong, the increasing amounts of information available on the web or through scanning of print materials make it an even greater temptation.  Works of all kinds are easily found and copied.  Many students are unaware that such activities constitute plagiarism or feel that it is unlikely that they will be caught.  Either misconception can lead to serious academic repercussions.

Examples of Plagiarism:

•  Reproducing someone else's work without quotation marks and/or attribution

•  Paraphrasing or summarizing another's work without attribution

•  Failing to cite a source for ideas or information not commonly known

•  Failing to cite a source for ideas or information that is widely known

•  Using another student's work as your own

This presentation, entitled "Academic Integrity: An overview of LSU’s Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Expectations", provides an excellent and in-depth discussion of definitions, conduct codes, and expectaions at LSU.