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Treat and apply information ethically: Plagiarism

Module 5: How will I use the information?

  • Borrowing the idea or opinion of someone else without giving the person credit
  • Restating or paraphrasing a passage without citing the original author
  • Borrowing facts or statistics that are not common knowledge without proper acknowledgement




Do the right thing with your research and writing.

If you use someone else's ideas, give them credit. How do you feel when someone takes credit for your ideas?

Your professor assigns research projects to help you learn. You cheat yourself when you substitute someone else's work for your own.

Avoid the consequences for doing the wrong thing.

Society punishes thieves; plagiarists are thieves.

If you plagiarize, you will eventually be caught. And you will be punished.





At this point, you need to review the policy statement of DLSU on academic dishonesty as written in the Student Handbook.

DLSU Student Handbook 2012/2015

Section 5.3.1. Major Offenses

The following are considered major offenses: Cheating in any form during an examination, test, or written reports including reaction papers,
case analysis, experiments or assignments required. The act of cheating includes, but is not
limited to, the following: Unauthorized possession of notes or any material relative to the examination or test whether the student actually uses them or not. Copying or allowing another to copy from one’s examination papers. In the latter case, both arties are liable. Looking at another student’s examination paper, or allowing another student to look at his/her examination paper. Communicating with another student or any person in any form during an examination or test without permission from the teacher or proctor. This includes leaking examination questions to another or other student/s. Having somebody else take an examination or test for one’s self or prepare a required report or assignment. If both parties are students, both are liable. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty as set forth on Sec.4.13.


Section 5.4 Sanctions

5.4.1 Penalties for Major Offenses

The penalties for major offenses are the following: Probation for such time and under such conditions as the SDFB or UPCC may determine, 
which may include undergoing the SDFO Values Clarification and Development Program. Suspension for such time and under such conditions as the SDFB or UPCC may determine. Dismissal. Expulsion. 



The technology that makes plagiarizing so easy . . .


also makes it easy to get caught.

Professors expect you to be honest. But if your paper looks suspicious, professors can use search engines, library databases, and specialized software to confirm your work is not original.


You can avoid plagiarism by:

  • Taking careful notes, writing down the citation for the source, and indicating page numbers.

  • Using quotations when copying the words of an author.

  • Giving credit to the original author in the text and bibliography of your paper.

  • Not procrastinating. You are more likely to plagiarize--either accidentally or on purpose--when you are in a rush.  



What is Turnitin?



How do you enroll in a class?



How to submit a paper in Turnitin?


How to view an OriginalityCheck report?



For more video tutorials on the use of Turnitin, go to Turnitin Training.



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