Plagiarism and a 3-word warning

It’s April. Spring semester will be over in one short month. The vibe in the library is tense with students working on papers and packing information into their burgeoning brains. Many grad students are poring over journals and biographies in preparation for their degree-required comprehensive exams. The concert halls are booked for all the end-of-the-year recitals. Plus, many are making plans for summer and what to do next year, if they are graduating.

With all this going on, composing a term paper or a final assignment sometimes seems like one more drag on a dwindling supply of time.

It might be tempting to simply cut and paste some text from this website or that article and claim as a student’s own work.

I have 3 words for you:

  1. Don’t
  2. Do
  3. It

Taking someone else’s words as your own is a serious offense and could result in expulsion from the institution.

For more information, visit our handy LibGuide.

Unsure what constitutes plagiarism? Enjoy these quick and clever video tutorials from Rutgers’ Robeson Library.

Remember, 3 simple words.


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