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Copyright and Plagiarism: Plagiarism

Information for authors, researchers, and faculty looking to publish scholarly works and join the scholarly communication community.

Plagiarism Quiz

Citing your Sources

Why do you need to cite your sources? 

  • You need to recognize the original creator and the work.
  • You must provide your readers with the information needed to retrieve the source for their use.

See the APA, CSE, or  MLA LibGuide for more help.

Examples of 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 is considered an act of misconduct at Indian River State College for which students are subject to discipline. If the act of plagiarism involves more than one student, any of the students involved may be disciplined.

Board Policy Number 6Hx11-7.24 Student Standards of Conduct— Any student who accepts the privilege of enrollment at Indian River State College is deemed to have given his or her consent to adhere to the policies of the College and the laws of the State of Florida. Students shall conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. See: Misconduct for which students are subject to discipline falls into the following categories: A. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College.

Most plagiarism involves written papers; however, it can also be applied to presentations, lab reports, musical scores, computer codes, and other academic assignments. This guide will mention papers more often than other assignment types, but the act of plagiarism remains the same for other assignment types.

Students are required to give credit or cite the sources they utilize for the aforementioned assignments. Sources include books, articles, web sites, interviews, illustrations and images, art, conversations and email, class lectures, class notes, student papers, student assignments, etc.

Plagiarism involves the inappropriate use of another person’s creation, especially when academic credit is awarded. Examples include an individual’s words, images, music, ideas, and more.

IRSC Academic Misconduct