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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas without giving credit. The Ferris State University Student Handbook prohibits plagiarism:

"I will be ethical in my scholarship and will practice academic integrity. This includes properly crediting others for their ideas that I may find useful."

Ferris State University Student Handbook, Bulldog Values

A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:

  • Quotes another person's actual words, either oral or written;
  • Paraphrases another person's words, either oral or written;
  • Uses another person's idea, opinion, or theory; or
  • Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge.

--Ferris State University Student Handbook, Academic Misconduct

Writing Center tutors and the following links can help you avoid plagiarism

http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

http://library.rit.edu/liv/7