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Writing Resources & Assistance

Resources that can help with writing papers, essays, lab reports, memoirs, and test questions.

What is Plagiarism?

The simple definition of plagiarism is: taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own or neglecting to give credit to the sources you used.

Even with a simple definition, it's sometimes hard to identify just what is and what isn't plagiarism. Take some of these things into account, and read even more in our Plagiarism handout:

  • Plagiarism can range from a simple forgotten citation error to full-blown word-for-word copying.
  • Plagiarism often occurs in the form of incorrect citations and/or using improper forms of paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing.
  • Buying a paper from a friend, online, or using a paper you wrote for another class is also plagiarism.

What are the Consequences of Plagiarizing?

In the case of inadvertent citing errors, your professor may require that you correct the problem before credit is given. If the situation is more grievous, you may receive a failing grade (or worse) on your paper. Click on the link below to access the Student Code of Conduct for more information.

St. Catherine University Student Code of Conduct and Community Expectations

St. Kate's Plagiarism Tutorial

This is a 25-30 minute course that will introduce you to the concept of academic integrity, and how its principles relate to the proper use and documentation of sources in your academic work.

Acting with Integrity by Using Information Ethically

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