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Plagiarism

IRSC faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to uphold ethical research and writing. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office defines plagiarism as “The act of copying any portion of another's work and representing it as your own, regardless of whether or not the work is copyrighted or in the public domain. It is unethical to do so, and if a copyrighted work is involved it can also be an infringement of property rights. There are many style guides available that provide instructions for properly crediting and referencing other's works when incorporated into your own. A word of caution — simply reworking the text when the concept is clearly lifted from another's work can still be plagiarism.”

Plagiarism Information

The following documents provide guidelines to help students more clearly understand the issue of plagiarism.





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