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Unit 1: Plagiarism

When writing a paper, it is always the author's professional responsibility to acknowledge another's borrowed text or ideas. Insinuating that the words or ideas of another are the author's own, without providing proper credit, is considered to be plagiarism.


To acquire a basic understanding of what plagiarism is and the seriousness with which it and copyright infringements are treated. To learn appropriate ways to provide proper credit to other authors' ideas and materials.


When the plagiarism component is complete, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify different types of plagiarism.
  2. Understand the basics of copyright laws.
  3. Learn how to cite properly (and why).
  4. Know the difference between paraphrasing and plagiarism.


  1. Read required readings.
  2. Complete terminology exercise in Sakai by Friday, August 29, 2014
  3. Complete the four exercise questions in Sakai.
  4. Complete plagiarism essay. Email to instructor.

[Note: all exercises, except for the terminology exercise, are to be completed on or by October 17, 2014]


Minimum Time:

Approximately 6-8 hours.



  1. Completed terminology exercise in Sakai.
  2. Completed Plagiarism and Copyright exercise in Sakai.
  3. Essay.



primary instructor:

Candia Thew, M.L.S.

Lubbock LRC, Room 221

Phone: 806/743-2202

Fax: 806/743-2218



Richard C. Wood, M.L.S.

Lubbock Administration, Room 260

Phone: 806/743-2203

Fax: 806/743-2218



Required readings Printable handouts. (n.d.) Retrieved from

Purdue OWL. Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing. Retrieved from

Purdue OWL. Paraphrase: Write it in your own words. Retrieved from

University of Maryland University College. Copyright and fair use in the UMUC online or face- to-face classroom. Retrieved from