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Emily Stewart - June 22, 2020


Each resource within this Ethical Use of Information Curation is applicable in helping you become an ethical user of information. Since we focus primarily on conducting, synthesizing, analyzing and interpreting both digital and printed information, we will focus on plagiarism and how this applies to your tasks and assignment.

What is plagiarism? | Scribbr ๐ŸŽ“

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Scribbr is an excellent resource for maintaining academic honesty! In this video, Scribbr addresses forms of plagiarism that you may not realize exist; for example, turning in a paper you wrote for a different course that was already graded may not be plagiarism, but it is not academically honest. This is a great refresher for you to review in your last year of high school, especially as you are getting ready to move into university. Academic honesty is something required at every university, so make sure to prioritize fully understanding what that means.

Avoiding Plagiarism

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Avoiding plagiarism is extremely important academically and professionally. Even mixing up the words from your source is plagiarism. This video gives a great explanation for what plagiarism looks like and how to avoid it. Review this source before beginning research so that you can strategically and effectively gather resources. Having a plan before researching helps ensure you follow the rules of citing and attribution.

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This blog is the perfect place to go if you have questions about plagiarism or whether or not you have unintentionally plagiarized. For questions, such as "Can I be accused of plagiarism?" or "Is it plagiarism if I borrow someone's ideas?" this blog will help you navigate any concerns you may have regarding plagiarism. You should use this before beginning your research in order to feel better equipped as you begin using information that you have not originally created. will give you the tools you need to strategically and ethically communicate research.

8 Most Common Types of Plagiarism to Stay Away from! - Enago Academy

Familiarize yourself with this resource prior to conducting research. These 8 types of plagiarism may be new to you, so make sure to assess each type and understand how various forms that may be less familiar to you are still unethical and inappropriate to use in your paper. This resource will help you avoid inadvertent and unintentional plagiarism, so use it to your advantage!

Turnitin - The Plagiarism Spectrum

This resource provides examples of 10 types of plagiarism that are common in secondary platforms. Because research and using information created by others is so interwoven in our 12th grade British Literature & Composition curriculum, ethically using someone else's work product is paramount in being successful. This resource not only exposes the types of plagiarism that exists, it also provides a detailed example to help you synthesize and fully comprehend what makes each type unethical and inappropriate. You should use this resource to guide you in your research to make sure that you are ethically attributing credit to the creator and incorporating the information you find appropriately.

Can I Use that Picture? The Terms, Laws, and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images โ€“ The Visual Communication Guy

As we move through research and into creating an original project reflecting autonomous synthesis, this infographic will be beneficial in helping you understand "the terms, laws, and ethics for using copyrighted images." This resource also includes information on Creative Commons and Fair Use Guidelines, which will help you determine how you can ethically include images in your project. You should use this infographic every time that you consider an image to include, especially if it is not your own. This helps you maintain ethical use of someone else's image.

Avoid Podcast Plagiarism With These Simple Tips

Whenever you take someone else's information and put it into ANY format (including audio), you risk plagiarizing. One format that consistently encounters issues with plagiarism is podcasts; this resource helps you understand how taking someone else's recorded original and copyrighted work is unethical and how to avoid plagiarism. With your research project, you have the option to create videos, so you will need to review this source to determine how to best and most ethically incorporate the information found. Use this to guide your synthesis of podcast resources and in creating your own podcast. Just because it seems a bit more difficult to trace because it's not written or visible does not mean it isn't copyrighted!

Is It Plagiarism? // Purdue Writing Lab

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides excellent resources for citing and understanding what plagiarism looks like. This specific resource details what plagiarism is and how to avoid it in your own writing. Use this resource continuously as you begin integrating the research you find, and when you are ready, Purdue OWL also walks you through how to use MLA citations correctly. Attributing credit to your source is the best way to avoid plagiarism!

Infographic: 3 Techniques to avoid plagiarism in your research paper

This infographic gives you 3 ways to avoid plagiarism: quote, paraphrase, or summarize. It is necessary to strategically include your resources in various ways to keep your writing style fresh, but also transparent. Use this as you are working through the research and writing process. Quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing AND attributing/citing are pivotal in helping you maintain ethical use of the information you find.

The Top 10 Plagiarism Stories of 2016

This resource illustrates how plagiarism affects society on a global scale with 10 instances of plagiarism in 2016. Quickly review a couple of these articles to see how plagiarism translates and has consequences on a global scale. This acts as an important lesson on the weight of unethically using someone elseโ€™s work, so keep it in mind as you are working through the research process.

Unfortunately, social media has become a great place for plagiarism to occur. @PlagiarismBad demonstrates what could happen if you were to steal someone else's ideas and claim them as your own. This Twitter features users who have plagiarized. Use this as a reminder that ethically using someone else's work, in any platform, is paramount. This Twitter account gives you a great variety of examples and articles regarding plagiarism, so use that to guide you!

Plagiarism Checker by Grammarly

Grammarly is an excellent resource that I highly recommend you use after completing your research paper. Grammarly will highlight any unoriginal work so that you can make sure each section is cited appropriately. This resource also checks your grammar, so that makes it even more valuable. As soon as you feel you are done with your first draft, copy and paste your paper to make sure you have cited and attributed efficiently.