St. Mary's College of Maryland

Academic Misconduct: Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of appropriating and using the words, ideas, symbols, images, or other works of original expression of others as one's own without giving credit to the person who created the work. If students have any questions regarding the definition of plagiarism, they should consult their instructor for general principles regarding the use of others' work.
Among sources commonly used for documenting use of others' work are the style manuals published by the American Psychological Association, the Council of Biology Editors, the Modern Language Association, and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers. The final authority concerning methods of documentation is the course instructor.

Specific instances of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Word-for-word copying of sentences or paragraphs from one or more sources that are the work or data of other persons (including books, articles, theses, unpublished works, working papers, seminar and conference papers, lecture notes or tapes, graphs, images, charts, data, electronically based materials, etc .), without clearly identifying their origin by appropriate referencing.
  2. Closely paraphrasing ideas or information (in whatever form) without appropriate acknowledgement by reference to the original work or works.
  3. Presenting material obtained from the Internet as if it were the student's own work.
  4. Minor alterations such as adding, subtracting, or rearranging words, or paraphrasing sections of a source without appropriate acknowledgement of the original work or works.