The ALC faculty has officially adopted the following policy on plagiarism:
"Plagiarism is the act of using another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source... In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have in fact borrowed from someone else" (21).
"Plagiarism often carries severe penalties, ranging from failure in a course to expulsion from school."
"The most blatant form of plagiarism is to repeat as your own someone else's sentences, more or less verbatim" (22).
"Other forms of plagiarism include repeating someone else's particularly apt phrase without appropriate acknowledgement, paraphrasing another person's argument as your own, and presenting another's line of thinking as though it were your own" (23).
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 3d ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1988.
The following scenarios also constitute plagiarism:
Using a source correctly is just as important as selecting a quality source.
While correct source citation goes a long way in preventing plagiarism, relying too heavily on any one source can also constitute plagiarism. Even if the material is cited correctly, excessive quotation can still be construed as plagiarism.
To avoid this problem, keep these tips in mind: