Teaching assistants do evaluate your writing for plagiarism. There is software called SafeAssign that can also catch this. If you are caught plagiarizing, you will receive a zero for that assignment. Please cite your sources according to the Little, Brown Compact Handbook or the Ashford Guide for Academic and Career Success. Below is a definition of plagiarism found in the Ashford University Catalog.
Plagiarism is representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism occurs when a student deliberately uses the ideas, language, or another writer’s original material (that is not common knowledge) without acknowledging the source. Plagiarized materials include texts (print or online) as well as the work of other students. Plagiarizing denies the student the powerful opportunity to develop as an ethical and conscientious human being. Herein rests the greatest reason not to plagiarize.
Acts of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
( Copying text from printed materials, which include books, magazines, encyclopedias, newspapers, etc;
( The modification of text with the intent of changing verbiage, changing words, or interspacing the student’s work into the plagiarized work;
( “Copy and paste” plagiarism, which involved copying and pasting materials from Internet sources and presenting them as one’s original work;
( The use of another student’s work, even if the student has the permission of the other student. The use of another’s work constitutes an act of collusion, which constitutes an act of plagiarism;
( The use of materials purchased from internet or other outside sources;
( “Recycling” old papers for a current course. Students may use previous work only to support current work (and the previous work must be cited properly); or
( Paraphrasing or summarizing another’s work without giving appropriate credit.
Avoiding plagiarism: Address any questions regarding plagiarism to the...