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*Research 101


What is plagiarism? Why do you need to worry about it?

The Santa Fe Student Conduct Code defines plagiarism as:

"The attempt to represent the work of another as the product of one's own thought, whether the work is published or unpublished. "Plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. This applies to speech and electronic media as well. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or distributing of term papers or other academic materials."  Santa Fe Student Conduct Code, Article I, O.2.

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty and is a serious offense that may result in failing a class, expulsion from Santa Fe or even denial of credit for classes taken For a complete outline of disciplinary sanctions for academic dishonesty, see the Santa Fe Student Conduct Code, Article IV, page 10.

In order to avoid plagiarism, you need to cite all outside information you are incorporating into your paper.

When Do I Cite?

Any time you use information or ideas from another person or source you need to cite it. This includes:

  • Direct quotes
  • Paraphrasing
  • Opinions of others
  • Statistics

To cite, use an in-text citation in your paper (or a note, depending on the citation style), and then a full citation in your bibliography/works cited/list of references, which is at the end of your paper.

All direct quotes should be placed in "quotation marks." If you do not include both in-text citations and a full citation, this is plagiarism.