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Cornerstone: Plagiarism

Guide for Students in Freshman Cornerstone

Style Guides for citing those quotes!

Need more info on how to cite those quotes correctly to avoid any plagiarism?

Here are some links to the Purdue Owl website which can provide a quick overview on how to style those works cited, reference, and bibliography pages and create accurate in-text citations. Purdue Owl only provides information for those looking to use MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual styles and only gives a general overview of each. For a more in-depth look at a particular writing style, you may find style handbooks for MLA, APA, Turabian, ACS, and more on reserve at Lewis Library. If you need to access them, just come to the circulation desk and ask for what you need!

What is Plagiarism?

What is it?

To put it simply, plagiarism is misusing someone's original work by copying, re-using, or otherwise presenting the work as one's own regardless of one's intent. 

What forms does plagiarism take?

Some forms of plagiarism are:

  • Directly quoting from another person's work without giving credit to the original author.
  • Paraphrasing another person's work or ideas without giving credit to the original author
  • Having someone write a part or all of your papers for you
  • Writing a paper or a part of a paper for someone else
  • Heavily editing someone's paper to where ideas and wording no longer are the author's original ideas and content or having someone heavily edit your paper in the same manner.


Here are some tips for avoiding accidental (or maybe even purposeful?) plagiarism!

  • Always double, triple, quadruple check your in-text citations and those on your references or works cited page! Make sure all information is correct and in the correct place!
  • If in doubt whether something needs to be cited, cite it anyway or ask your professor! Better safe than sorry!
  • Professors have seen all forms of plagiarism before, and can spot it from a mile away. It's never worth it to plagiarize!
  • Always use quotations marks if it is a direct quote to avoid any confusion. No quotation marks are needed if you have paraphrased the quote, but you must ALWAYS cite both direct and in-direct quotes!

Plagiarism on YouTube

Here is a video created by Bainbridge College about plagiarism. Don't worry, they give permission on YouTube for others to use it, but they still get credit for creating it!

The Honor Code

When you enter LaGrange College as a Freshman, you formally sign the LaGrange College Honor Code. In doing so, you promise to abide by the statutes of the honor code and "to be honest and truthful in all academic matters" (LC Honor Code, pg 4). This includes refraining from any and all misuses of another person's work or receiving unauthorized help on an assignment, among other offenses. If you plagiarize another person's work or witness another student plagiarizing another person's work without reporting the offense, you may be brought before the honor council who can then impose sanctions against the offending student(s). Please take the time to read through the Honor Code handbook to familiarize yourself with the standards you, as a student, need to uphold. For a quick look at the Honor Code and information about the Honor Council please visit the Honor Council's Webpage.

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