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Research, Writing and Ethics

Whether you've come straight to RSU after high school or have returned to school after a long time in the real world, you’ve probably heard the same message from instructors and librarians: Don’t plagiarize. That seems pretty simple, but when you start researching and writing a paper, you might start to get confused. According to the Rogers State University student code, Plagiarism is defined as the representation of the words or ideas of another as one’s own, including:

  •  Direct quotation without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted; e.g. quotation marks
  •  Paraphrase without attribution
  •  Paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the author’s own
  • Expression in one’s own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common academic knowledge

In plain English, if you use another person’s words or ideas, you must give them credit for them. Plagiarism can be as simple as copying and pasting a few sentences from a website, as accidental as forgetting to cite an idea you paraphrased from another author, or as extreme as buying a paper written by a ghost writer at a paper mill (itself probably plagiarized from other sources) and attaching your name to the top. However, all forms of plagiarism come with consequences.  Understanding what plagiarism is and how to avoid it is crucial to academic success.    

Plagiarism: What it is and How to Steer Clear

To plagiarize is to treat another person's opinions, words, or ideas as if they are your own.  Plagiarism is not limited to simply copying another person's work; it can also include using another person's ideas or research findings in your work without giving proper credit.  In order to succeed in college, it is important to educate yourself on all types of plagiarism.  The guide below, provided by Indiana University at Bloomington, outlines the different types of plagiarism most common in colleges and universities, and discusses how it can be avoided.

Writers Block? Visit the RSU Writing Center

The librarians at RSU are here to help you find the best resources for your assignments.  However, if you need writing your papers, the RSU Writing Center should be your first stop.  The Writing Center is staffed by tutors who can answer questions and provide valuable feedback on your written assignments.

The Writing Center is located in Baird Hall, Room 206, and includes satellite locations in Bartlesville and Pryor.  To learn more about how the RSU Writing Center can help you, visit their website, or watch the short video below about the Writing Center's services.