What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a serious offense.  It is plagiarism when one submits someone else's ideas, thoughts or words as his/hers without acknowledgment or citation.  Thus, it is imperative that you cite your sources with footnotes or endnotes, and a bibliography or works-cited page if requested by your professor.  If you quote directly, put the quoted words in quotation marks and cite the source in a note.  If you summarize or paraphrase someone else's material or if you borrow a distinctive idea, even though you have not made a direct quote or even used any of the same words, you must still make an acknowledgement or citation in a note.

You can find more information about plagiarism in your Student Handbook, under "the Skidmore honor system" or by visiting "The Ethics of Scholarship" at the Dean of Studies web page.

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