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Plagiarism: How To Avoid It: What is Plagiarism?

An overview of plagiarism and academic integrity for BSC students.

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words or ideas without giving credit to the author. Any instance where you fail to give credit to your sources can be considered plagiarism. 



Here are some examples of plagiarism:


X  Submitting someone else's assignment with your name on it.


X  Using exact wording or a quote from a source without citing it.


X  Swapping out words for synonyms in someone else's sentence and using that sentence without citing it.


X  Submitting a paper you completed for another class.


X  Directly cutting and pasting words, images, or data from the internet into your paper without citing it.


See more examples of what plagiarism looks like here

Indiana University Bloomington's Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It



Cambridge Educational (Producer). (2011). Plagiarism 2.0:  information ethics in the digital age [streaming video].  Retrieved from


Plagiarism is taken very seriously at Bay State College.


According to the Bay State College Student Handbook, students who are found to have plagiarized may receive a warning or a failing grade on the plagiarized assignment, and students with multiple offenses are subject to dismissal (Bay State College, 2019, p. 8). 


Read the  "Academic Integrity Policy" and  "Forms of Academic Dishonesty" sections of the student handbook for more information. 


PLEASE NOTE: Some programs at Bay State have different levels of consequences for students who plagiarize. Read your specific program's academic integrity policy for the details. 




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