To plagiarize is to copy writing or ideas from someone else without acknowledging that person as your source. Plagiarism is a serious offense, equivalent to cheating or stealing. Students caught plagiarizing usually fail the plagiarized assignment and may fail the course. They can also be referred to the faculty or university for disciplinary action. Students often commit plagiarism unintentionally due to their failure to correctly use footnotes or endnotes in their written work. Learn to keep track of your sources, use quotation marks to indicate any phrase, sentence, or special term taken from other writers, and include footnotes or endnotes, as well as a bibliography, to give credit for all your sources.
The department requires every student essay to include this signed statement:
“I certify that I am the author of this essay and I have not copied any writing or ideas from any other source, whether published or unpublished, except those that are cited in the footnotes.”