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Plagiarism Resources

The corrosive effects of bad or unacceptable behavior. 

Plagiarism is a problem because it is a form of cheating. Irrespective of the student's intention, 
undetected plagiarism may result in the student receiving a higher grade than he or she would have received 
without the inclusion of the plagiarized material. The resulting (inflated) grade may be used for entrance to 
further education or employment, thereby deceiving entrance officers or employers into believing that the student 
possesses knowledge and skills that they do not. Plagiarism also retards progress. If students and researches simply 
regurgitate other people's work without adding anything of their own then academic progress stagnates through a 
dearth of original work.
A less tangible problem is the corrosive effects that plagiarism has on the student and on society in general. 
Once plagiarism, or the idea that it is alright to cheat, reaches a certain level, students who would not normally 
plagiarise may feel that they must in order to compete with their fellow students. Undetected plagiarism may encourage 
cheating outside of school or college, and foster immoral behavior or bad habits which students take into the workplace. [Bobby Elliott, Version 1.1, May 2004,]

Personal reasons for plagiarizing:
  • unaware that they are plagiarizing
  • lacking knowledge and understanding of the subject
  • poor time management skills
  • feeling that the subject is unimportant
  • believing that plagiarism is not serious
  • feeling pressured 
  • poor teaching
There are probably additional reasons but the bottom line is: who care? Your personal reasons, while they may seem legitimate to you, do not excuse you. The College policy regarding plagiarism is clear: Our way, or the highway. 

Oh come on Professor, What is the big deal?

Let us deal with the real world, the world that we live in (Bloomfield College):

Penalties for plagiarism can include a written warning/reprimand and a combination of one or more of the following actions
administered by a faculty member or if necessary by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty/designee:

•  Redoing the assignment.
•  Obtaining a failing grade for the assignment.
•  Obtaining a failing grade in the course.

Suspension or expulsion from the College if deemed necessary, will be administered by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty/designee. (Bloomfield College Student Handbook, 2012-2013, page 266-67)

These are current stories pertaining to plagiarism in the "real world" pulled from Google News. You can see the stories cover many areas of life, including the arts and music, business, education and others: 

News Element

Understanding Plagiarism was founded in 1996. With increased interest, became one of the Internet's predominant anti-plagiarism resources for educators and students alike. is the educational arm of iParadigms LLC.
Purdue Online Writing Lab Avoiding Plagiarism

Planning your time! OR an ounce of prevention prevents a pound of cure...

The Assignment Calculator is a terrific time management tool! Using this tool, you can create a realistic time-line that will lay out in about 12 steps what you need to do and when you need to do it.  Northwest Missouri State University has created a super one that can be used for a speech or a research paper. Click here to use this tool! Please note that the links used in the assignment calculator do not, at this time, link to Bloomfield College Library resources. 

Online Resources to Help You

Bibliographies and works cited pages - Do you need great, easy-to-use and simple tool for creating citations and bibliographies? The old way and the Net way! There are three excellent websites for creating APA, MLA, and other style citations.
  • Easybib - there may be a small fee for complete access to all of the tools. 
  • North Carolina State University NCSU Citation Builder []
  • Calvin College KinghtCite []
If you are using one of the College Library databases, most of them have citation tools built in. Here is an example

  • Doing honest work in college : how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success PN171.F56 L56 2004
  • MLA handbook for writers of research papers LB2369 .G53 2003
  • Preventing plagiarism : tips and techniques PN167 .D47 2007
In conclusion
  • Plan your time, do not leave a project until the last minute (yeah right, you work better under pressure)
  • Understand your assignment
  • Use a time management tool or technique
  • Understand (as much as possible) what constitutes plagiarism (yes, copying and pasting entire paragraphs from the web is plagiarism)
  • Ignorance of the law is no excuse (Where have I head that before?)
  • Use the tools (online, citation creators, tutoring center) that are available to help you cite correctly and complete your project successfully.