C.T. Evans
Please inform yourself about plagiarism before you begin your course.
1.  Read the ELI policy statement on academic dishonesty (reprinted here):
Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of dishonorable conduct (see the NVCC Student Handbook for more detailed information). Such dishonesty will not be tolerated. Penalties can range from the issuance of failing grades (on an assignment, an exam, the course) to being referred to the Dean of Student Development for further disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from the College.
2.  Read the official NVCC statement on academic dishonesty (reprinted here):
When College officials award credit, degrees, and certificates, they must assume the absolute integrity of the work done by you; therefore, it is important that you maintain the highest standard of honor in your scholastic work.  Academic dishonesty shall not be condoned.  When such misconduct is established as having occurred, it subjects you to possible disciplinary actions ranging from admonition to dismissal, along with any grade penalty the instructor might, in appropriate cases, impose.  Procedural safeguards of due process and appeal are available to you in disciplinary matters. Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:
  1. Cheating on an examination or quiz, including the giving, receiving, or soliciting of information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials during the examination or quiz.
  2. Buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting any material purported to be the unreleased contents of a forthcoming examination, or the use of such material.
  3. Substituting for another person during an examination or allowing such substitution for one's self.
  4. Plagiarizing. This is the act of appropriating passages from the work of another individual, either word for word or in substance, and representing them as one's own work. This includes any submission of written work other than one's own.
  5. Colluding with another person in the preparation or editing of assignments submitted for credit, unless such collaboration has been approved in advance by the instructor.
  6. Knowingly furnishing false information to the College; forgery and alteration or use of College documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud.
3.  Read my policy on plagiarism and cheating:
Any instance of academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism will result in immediate grade of "F" in the course.
4.  Read my policy on citing sources:
For a paper (or paragraph) writing assignment in one of my courses using the required book (or primary source), simple page number in parenthesis is fine (32)--because I know what source you are using.  If you have used any other source (either a direction quotation or a paraphrase) in your writing, then you must cite author, title, date, page in parenthesis (Smith, Gilgamesh, 1978, 8).  If you have used an electronic source, then cite author, url, date accessed (Smith,, 13 June 2001).  You may also check the Citing Sources noted below for further information. If you use an electronic version of a book, cite the location of the quote.
If you understand the issue of plagiarism, you should proceed with your course.  If you need further explanation of plagiarism and citation issues, please check some of the resources listed below.
Plagiarism information at NVCC
Myths about Plagiarism by Denise Ashkenas, Alexandria campus
Writing Tips for Online History Students by Jud Sage, especially his paragraph on How to Avoid Plagiarism
Plagiarism information at some major universities
Indiana University's, Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid, has some good examples of plagiarism.  See also IU's general Writing Resources.
University of California at Davis (Student Judicial Affairs), Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering the Art of Scholarship, is a nicely-designed website that conveys the full seriousness of the issue of plagiarism.
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab has a very well done website on Avoiding Plagiarism.
The Writing Place at Northwestern University has Avoiding Plagiarism with a set of nice tips for writers.
Augusta State University, A Note on Plagiarism, is short with some excellent examples.
St. Cloud University has a short note on paraphrasing, the The Puzzling Paraphrase.
Another good resource is Using Sources, by Sharon Williams at Hamilton College, with some general remarks and detailed explanation of examples.
Georgetown University has a very lengthy, student-developed worksheet on What Is Plagiarism.
Finally, the Plagiarism Theme Page has links to information about plagiarism.
Citing Sources
Duke University Libraries, Citing Sources, is a good worksheet.
Georgetown University Library, Manage Bibliographies & Citations, provides links to information about the various systems for citing sources.
A Brief Citation Guide for Internet Sources in History and the Humanities by Melvin Page, East Tennessee State University, provides a short comparison site of MLA, APA and Chicago citation of online resources styles.
APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago Citation Styles is a good starting place to learn about MLA, APA and Chicago style systems.
Citing Electronic Information in History Papers, by Maurice Crouse, University of Memphis, is useful.
Listen to some brief remarks about plagiarism as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.

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