All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited at Valencia College. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
All work submitted by students is expected to be the result of the students' individual thoughts, research, and self-expression. Whenever a student uses ideas, wording, or organization from another source, the source shall be appropriately acknowledged.
Excerpt from 'POLICY AND PROCEDURE Number: 6Hx28:8-11'
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Plagiarism is the act of intentionally or unintentionally using others' words or ideas without giving proper credit to the original research source.
There are a few common types of plagiarism:
The intentions of each type of plagiarism may be different, but the outcome is the same. Plagiarizing another's work will destroy the credibility of your work, and could cause you to fail the assignment or entire class. In the real world, plagiarism has even caused people to lose their jobs, degrees, and positions of power.
Original Text: Valencia produced more associate's degree graduates in 2003 than any other two-year school in the nation. Among the top 100 universities, colleges and community colleges, Valencia once again ranked 2nd in the number of associate's degrees conferred. In Florida alone, Valencia graduates more Hispanics and Asian Americans than any other two-year school in the state.
Direct Plagiarism (copy and paste): Valencia produced more associate's degree graduates in 2003 than all other community colleges in the country. Within the top 100 universities, colleges and community colleges, Valencia was 2nd in the amount of associate's degrees awarded. Valencia graduates more Hispanics and Asian Americans than any other two-year school in the state.
Accidental Plagiarism (paraphrase without citation): Valencia delivered a greater number of associate's degree graduates in 2003 than any other community colleges in the country. (Needs to cite the original text).
The following examples provide context and actual depictions of plagiarism and unethical academic behavior:
There are a few basic tips you can follow to avoid plagiarism as you complete assignments:
The general rule of thumb is to cite anything that is not your original thought. Did you think of the information in your essay on your own, or are your ideas influenced by articles or books you've read doing research? You must always cite your sources when using the following in an essay:
There are a few situations where citations are unnecessary. These include:
The following tools support text or document uploads and will provide some form of free plagiarism report.