Quick Reference Guide

Quick Reference Guide

What is plagiarism?
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" is "to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own."

Plagiarism includes:
• Literary theft: Presenting an idea or product from an existing source as new and original.
• The exact copy of information from a source without proper citation or acknowledgement.
• Paraphrasing sources which do not represent the student's original words or ideas without proper citation or acknowledgement. In other words, plagiarism is essentially stealing someone else's work and accepting credit for it. Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional.
• Paraphrasing (putting the author's words into your own words) must be cited just as you would a word-for-word quote.

When to cite:
• When you quote directly, paraphrase, or summarize.
• When you borrow an idea from another source.
• When you refer to a point your instructor made.
• When you find a source on the Internet that gives you useful information Reference: http://plagiarism.org

Academic Dishonesty

As indicated in the Code of Conduct, all students and instructors are expected to possess a high standard of conduct and personal integrity in the classroom. Academic dishonesty is defined as any act of deception in an academic setting.

Academic dishonesty includes:
• Cheating, attempting to cheat or assisting others in cheating, including dishonest activity or unauthorized use of any resource or materials.
• Fabricating or inventing any information that applies to an academic exercise or University investigation.
• Plagiarizing, intentionally or unintentionally, the words, works or ideas of others and representing them as one's own.
* Please note: Grand Canyon University takes these offenses seriously and will uphold the University Policy Handbook rules and guidelines.

Things to Avoid
• Over-quoting (this may result in high Turnitin scores)
• Copying lectures or textbooks
• Recycling an old paper
• Citing the source on the reference list but not in the in-text citation (or vice versa)
• Wikipedia (this is NOT considered a scholarly source)


In Class:
• Lower or failing assignment grade
• Lower or failing overall course grade University Level Penalties:
• Instructor reports student to the Code of Conduct Department
• Academic warnings or official notifications that are permanently on the student record
• Failure of course(s)
• Suspension
• Expulsion from the University

Helpful Links
CITATION for APA - The following websites will serve as useful resources in learning how to write and cite a paper in APA format.

If you feel that you need assistance on assuring you don't violate these offenses, please utilize the members of your graduation team as well as the Center for Learning and Advancement.

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Our goal at GCU is to help you succeed! When you can trace the origin of your thoughts, phrases, and arguments to any location except your own brain, cite it!