Thank you to the instruction librarians at Radford University who graciously gave permission to use their Avoiding Plagiarism guide as a template for this guide. Additional thanks to the contributions of Professor Kim Gainer of Radford U., who provided the Radford librarians with her academic integrity materials.
Plagiarism is using someone else's work without giving him or her credit. "Work" includes text, ideas, images, videos, and audio. In the academic world, you must follow these rules:
Plagiarism could happen with a sentence, a paragraph, or even just a word! For example, Stephen Colbert, of the television show "The Colbert Report," made up the word "truthiness," meaning something that sounds like it should be true. If you say in a paper something has a ring of "truthiness"- you should cite Colbert. If someone else's words catch your interest, you should cite them.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. Penalties can range from failing the assignment to being expelled from the University. See the Lehigh University Code of Conduct site (Article III) for information on the University Student Conduct system and the expectations of Academic Integrity.