Oct 6, 2016

Plagiarism

Plagiarism

BIBL 471 - Biblical Archaeology

Liberty University Students

When you copy words from a source—whether it’s a dictionary, another book, someone’s blog, an online article, or even another student’s paper—you will need to properly document your research. Failure to cite a source is plagiarism. Submitting a paper WITHOUT footnotes is also plagiarism. Whether intentional or unintentional, it is still plagiarism. I am required to take action when a student plagiarizes. The penalties for plagiarism range. You could fail an assignment, you can fail the course, and you can even be expelled from school.  If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism, Liberty has put together this helpful resource.

For a good definition of plagiarism, check out this brief article about plagiarism  which provides a good definition of plagiarism by S. E. Van Bramer, Widener University. And for more information look at; “Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It” and this Liberty Youtube Videos "Avoiding Plagiarism" and "What is Plagiarism".

Help with Citing your Sources:

1)  Content without “documentation” is a defective academic work and violation of the Honor Code. You MUST cite your work using " " marks, or indent and single space large quotes with footnotes formatted in Turabian format (not APA) when you:

  •    Quote directly, paraphrase, or summarize.
  •    Use an idea in your work that you obtained from somewhere else
  •    Refer to a point your instructor made
  •    Find a source on the Internet that gives you useful information
  •    Is not common knowledge (not everyone knows this)   

NOTE: DO NOT COPY AND PASTE ANY INFORMATION FROM ANY WEBSITE WITHOUT PROPER “ ” MARKS AND PROPERLY FORMATTED FOOTNOTES (go at the bottom of the page) IN ALL PAPERS.         
       
Here is a good way to think about citation:  If you can trace the origin of your thoughts, phrases, and arguments to any source except your own mind, you need to cite it using a footnote at the bottom of the page. When in doubt, cite your source! 
 
2)  You do not need Citation when you:

  •      Develop an idea entirely on your own
  •      Do primary research and want to report the results of the study
  •      An idea emerges in class, but is different than what was presented
  •      Are talking about your paper with someone and you have an idea
  •      Refer to a fact that is common knowledge (most know it)

Formatting your citations and papers

Concerning formatting of sources, here are some important guidelines within this course:
 
1)  For your formal citations in this course, BIBL 471, you MUST use the Turabian format (see Turabian Guides and Samples
).

2) Also, footnotes are good, but not necessary in your Discussion Board replies, but they MUST be used in your Main Contribution.

NOTE: Make sure you DO NOT use the APA format (
also called Turabian parenthetical in-text citations style) that looks like this (Price 1997, 23), but footnotes at the bottom of the page, formatted according to Turabian (Guides and the LIBERTY WEBSITE)

Modified October 11, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Electronic Christian Media

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