Transcript - Unintentional Plagiarism
Hi everyone my name is Rebecca and I'm a Reference Librarian at Lehman College and I want to talk to you about plagiarism, unintended plagiarism, unintentional plagiarism. Plagiarism is when someone uses someone else’s work and passes it off as their own. So if you're writing a paper and you're reading an article and you like a sentence in that article and you copy it and paste it onto your paper without acknowledging that author then you are plagiarizing and plagiarism in Lehman College, in CUNY, has some academic consequences. To reduce that what you would do is that you would cite the source that you're getting the information from. From a book or an article, a report, you just need to cite it. And that means that you have to recognize where it's coming from. You tell us who the author is, the title, when it was published and so on. There's two types of plagiarism there's purposeful or intentional plagiarism and that's when someone copies something on purpose. They know they're not supposed to do it but they do it anyway. They're hoping they're not going to get caught or the professor isn't going to recognize or see or know that that information has been plagiarized and copied and pasted into their paper. Then there's the unintentional plagiarism and I think that a lot people, a lot of college students experience that. And the reason is because they are not, they’re not doing it on purpose they just don't know what plagiarism is and they haven't planned to do it. And what happens is that what you need to do is that you need to cite it. And when you're citing someone you're acknowledging that they created this work, that they wrote this information. So I just want to show you. Let's say you're using this article. And you're looking at this article. "The Hidden American Immigration Consensus: A Conjoint Analysis of Attitudes toward Immigrants." You like this article. You're looking at the abstract which is a summary of the article. "Many studies have examined America's immigration attitudes." You keep reading and then you say oh, "Beneath Partisan divisions over immigration lies a broad consensus about who should be admitted to the country." So, let's say this sentence, you really like it. You copy it and you paste onto your Word document. But then you never acknowledge that you got it from this article. That counts as plagiarism.