According to Randolph Community College’s academic policies, plagiarism is “the use of another’s original words or ideas as though they were your own” (“Academic”).  Instances of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following:
Plagiarism is a serious offense and, in some situations, is a crime punishable by law. Many institutions view plagiarism as stealing or theft. Therefore, it is important to know how to avoid it. Here are some suggestions to help avoid plagiarism in your writing assignments:
 “Academic Integrity.” Randolph Community College. 2012. Web. 13 August 2012 <http://www.randolph.edu/curriculum-tools/academic-policies/academic-integrity.html>
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Why Do I Have to Cite?
To Build Upon the Research of Others
Citing your sources demonstrates to your audience that your arguments and conclusions are not based solely upon your own opinion or biases, but are supported by the findings of other researchers.
To Give Credit When It's Due
Citing information allows you to demonstrate exactly what information you took from another researcher and it shows what information is original to your work.
To Allow for Further Research
When you cite others' research in your work, you are giving your audience the sources they need to seek out additional information related to your topic.
To Avoid Plagiarism!
Plagiarism is a serious offense at Randolph Community College and is subject to disciplinary action. Plagiarism is the act of not giving credit to the sources of information you use in your writing.
What Do I Have to Cite?
When you quote directly from a source.
When you rephrase, reword, or summarize information from a source.
Arguments and Terminology
When you make use of another person's argument, idea, or specific terminology.
Graphs, Charts, Photographs, Drawings, etc.
When you use or glean information from another person's graph, chart, photograph, drawing, or other representation of information.
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