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:
"The following sanctions for violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will be imposed by the instructor, department head, division chair/director/coordinator, dean, or vice president for instructional services:
“Academic Integrity.” Randolph Community College, 2012, randolph.edu/curriculum-tools/academic-policies/academic-integrity.
Accessed 5 June. 2018.
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.
Citing information allows you to demonstrate exactly what information you took from another researcher and it shows what information is original to your work.
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.
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.
When you quote directly from a source.
When you rephrase, reword, or summarize information from a source.
When you make use of another person's argument, idea, or specific terminology.
When you use or glean information from another person's graph, chart, photograph, drawing, or other representation of information.
Here are some things you should and should not do to help avoid plagiarism in your writing assignments:
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The American Psychological Association (APA) has set forth standardized rules for scientific communication.
These rules are typically referred to as “APA style of documentation” or simply “APA.”
The goal is to maintain uniformity while allowing for minimal distractions to scholarly writing.
At RCC, you may use APA in order to document your sources and avoid plagiarism.