Honors Contract 2015

According to Webster’s dictionary, “plagiarism means:

•       to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one's own

•       to use another's production without crediting the source

•       to commit literary theft

•       to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way.

•       turning in someone else's work as your own

•       copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit

•       failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

•       giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

•       changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

•       copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.

Blending- Mixing words or ideas from an unacknowledged source in with your own words. Putting together un-cited words and ideas from several sources into a single piece of work. Or even mixing together properly cited uses of a source with un-cited uses.


Direct Plagiarism- A phrase or passage that is copied word for word, but not quoted.


Paraphrasing- Rephrasing another person’s work and inserting into your own work without acknowledging the original source.


Insufficient Acknowledgement- Half crediting source; whereby you acknowledge the author’s work the first time, but continue to use the author’s words without giving additional credit.

Art theft is defined as blatantly stealing a piece of artwork and posting it as your own. This includes, but is not limited to:

·      Posting screencaptures saying that you "took them yourself" as though they were photographs, when in fact, those still images already existed

·      Adding text, clip art or other images to a piece and adding something to it to make it seem as if it’s your own.

·      Piecing together multiple original images, even if they all came from different sources.

·      Drawing on top of someone else's already existing image.

·      Applying filters to an image, changing colors, or inverting its colors.

Tracing is another form of art theft. Tracing is defined as blatantly copying the composition and structure of a work with little or no alteration, with the intent of claiming the by-product as your own. You "went through the motions" of reproducing the image, but the composition is identical to the original, with the intent for it to be identical.