Plagiarism is the act of presenting the words, ideas, artistry, or data of another person or persons as your own. When you use the work of others in completing your assignment, you are legally obligated to provide documentation as to the author of these materials. Specific examples of plagiarism include:

  1. knowingly presenting the work of another as your own;
  2. inadvertently presenting the work of another as your own;
  3. failing to cite the work of another correctly, whether you are quoting verbatim, paraphrasing, or manipulating the content.

The surest way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources correctly every time you rely on the knowledge of others to complete your assignment. The only things you don't have to cite are your own personal thoughts and interpretations and things that are common knowledge (e.g. that Mount Everest is the highest peak on Earth or that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb).

Plagiarism is an act of academic dishonesty and is a violation of the North Hennepin Community College Code of Conduct for Student Behavior and Academic Honesty (see Section 2: Academic Dishonesty). Failure to abide by this Code may result in punishment by the college.

If you need further clarification about what is and what isn't plagiarism, please see your instructor.

The college's Writing Center, located in the library, and the college's librarians are also resources on this topic.