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Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Understanding plagiarism and how to avoid it

Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA)

From the website: "This statement responds to the growing educational concerns about plagiarism in four ways: by defining plagiarism; by suggesting some of the causes of plagiarism; by proposing a set of respon­sibilities (for students, teachers, and administrators) to address the problem of plagiarism; and by recommending a set of practices for teaching and learning that can significantly reduce the likeli­hood of plagiarism. The statement is intended to provide helpful suggestions and clarifications so that instructors, administrators, and students can work together more effectively in support of excellence in teaching and learning."

Berea College Student Handbook: Academic Dishonesty statement

Students are expected to be scrupulous in their observance of high standards of honesty in regard to tests, assignments, term papers, and all other procedures relating to class work. Academic dishonesty as used here includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, cheating on examinations, theft of examinations or other materials from an instructor’s files or office or from a room in which these are being copied, copying of an instructor’s test material without the permission of the instructor, theft of computer files from another person, or attributing to one’s self the work of others, with or without the others’ permission.

Learn more about Berea College's policies by following the link below.

Plagiarism Resources and Information from Purdue's OWL

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a reputable and excellent resource for writing and composition. This box features links to some of their best resources on plagiarism including tutorial and handouts.

Some selected books from the Hutchins Library

Hutchins Library: BANC Subject Headings

Want to locate some books in the Hutchins Library about plagiarism, copyright, and other academic honesty issues? You can go to our library catalog, BANC, and use the following subject headings:

  • Plagiarism.
  • Cheating (Education)
  • Copyright
  • Copyright infringement -- United States.
  • Fair Use (Copyright) -- United States
  • Fair Use (Copyright) -- United States -- Popular works.
  • Intellectual property -- United States