Students at Columbia enjoy significant freedom of artistic expression and are encouraged to stretch their scholarly and artistic boundaries. However, Columbia prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is understood as the appropriation and representation of another’s work as one’s own, whether such appropriation includes all or part of the other’s work or whether it consists of all or part of what is represented as one’s own work (plagiarism). Appropriate citation prevents this form of dishonesty. In addition, academic dishonesty includes cheating in any form, the falsification of academic documents, or the falsification of works or references for use in class or other academic circumstances. When such dishonesty is discovered, the consequences to the student can be severe.
How to avoid plagiarism: Gathering research Materials
Important Questions to Ask*
*Adapted from “The Responsible Plagiarist-Understanding Students Who Misuse Sources” by Abigail Lipson and Sheila Reindi. About Campus. July-August 2003/Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 7-14.
Deciding if something in common knowledge: Material is probably common knowledge if one of these is true:
A word of caution
When using quotations, summaries, or paraphrases, be careful not to substitute others' ideas at the expense of your own. If all you do is weave together various sources and materials, readers will recognize your project as not your own work. Your paper should be an original piece of work; be sure to include your own thoughts, ideas, and analysis.
Adapted from Duke University's Writing Studio