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Student Handbook|English 1010

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism generally falls into two categories:

Unintentional plagiarism

This type of plagiarism happens when you unintentionally use facts, ideas, and/or sentence structure from other sources without clearly/adequately giving them credit. In all of your writing for ENGL 1010, you should take pride in fully attributing the outside sources upon which you are building your own arguments. However, knowing what to cite is sometimes tricky. 

In general, you should cite the following types of information: 

  • Words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, Web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium
  • Information you gain through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing
  • Exact words or a unique phrase from a source
  • Any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials from a source
  • Any electronically-available media (including images, audio, video, or other media) that you print or repost from any online source.


Intentional plagiarism

This type of plagiarism happens when a writer intentionally takes writing from another place (an essay mill, a roommate, Wikipedia, etc.) and tries to pass it off as his or her own. Intentional plagiarism is unacceptable and will not be tolerated . Teachers must report suspected cases of intentional academic dishonesty to the assistant department head. At UW, UNIREG 802 establishes procedures for investigating, adjudicating, and punishing acts of academic dishonesty. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty may receive a grade of "F" in a course, and second-time offenders can be suspended from UW for one year.

When in doubt about whether you've adequately cited a source, please talk to your instructor!

And practice your ability to spot plagiarism online.

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