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Research Process

This tutorial aims to help develop effective library research skills and critical thinking skills in all courses at Prince George's Community College.

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 HandbookCode of Conduct Violations (1) Violations of Integrity: (i) Academic Dishonesty (a) Plagiarism


To learn more about Prince George's Community College's guidelines on plagiarism, read the Student Code of Conduct and its related sources found in the Student Handbook.

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