When you come to The Citadel, you pledge to live by the Honor Code as well as by the Citadel’s Core Values of Honor, Duty, and Respect. However even though you pledge to live an honorable life, you may not completely understand what plagiarism looks like and may not know ways to avoid it. However, you know that:
The Citadel Honor Manual defines plagiarism as “the act of using someone else’s words or ideas as your own without giving proper credit to the source” and also explains what actions constitute plagiarism, (The Citadel Honor Manual):
Cheating: Receiving or giving aid on a test or examination. Test or examination includes any work performed for which a grade is received. Plagiarism is a violation of the Honor Code. Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s words or ideas as your own without giving proper credit to the source.
To explain more completely, Plagiarism occurs:
When you quote another’s words exactly; you must use quotation marks and a citation to tell exactly where the words came from.
When you mix another’s words and ideas with your own in one or more sentences, partially quoting the source exactly and partially substituting your own words; you must put quotation marks around the words you quote and not around your own. Then you cite the source.
When you paraphrase another’s words or ideas, that is, when you substitute your words for another’s words but keep those idea(s); you do not use quotation marks, but you must cite the source.
When you use only another’s idea(s), knowing that they are the other’s ideas; you must cite the source of that idea or those ideas.
When you list a source, you must give, as a minimum, the author (if available), the title of the book / periodical / web site / etc., and the page number or internet URL.