Plagiarism is using others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. It is an ethical and legal issue and may be punished by the College.
Per the PGCC Student Handbook, plagiarism is defined as:
i. Intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own, including any kind of writing that is not the student’s own, whether taken from secondary sources, fellow students, or other term papers.
ii. Intentionally or knowingly assisting someone in violating any provision of this Code.
iii. Intentionally and knowingly taking and passing off as one’s own the ideas, writing, or words of another without attribution (without acknowledgement of the author who wrote the material).
iv. Duplicating an author’s words without quotation marks and accurate citation of references.
v. Duplicating an author’s words or phrases in paraphrase without accurate citation of references.
vi. Submitting a paper in which the exact words or phrases of an author are merely rearranged without quotation or citations
Source: Student Handbook: Code of Conduct Violations (1) Violations of Integrity: (i) Academic Dishonesty (a) Plagiarism
This video examines the behaviors that constitute plagiarism, their consequences, and the best ways to avoid them.