What Is Plagiarism?
In order to clarify and reaffirm what is regarded as plagiarism, the Board on Judicial Affairs provided the following statement in its Guidance on the Standard Sanction adopted on May 24, 2011: "For purposes of the Stanford University Honor Code, plagiarism is defined as the use, without giving reasonable and appropriate credit to or acknowledging the author or source, of another person's original work, whether such work is made up of code, formulas, ideas, language, research, strategies, writing or other form(s). Moreover, verbatim text from another source must always be put in (or within) quotation marks.”
Sources on Plagiarism
- Council of Writing Program Administrators: “Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices”
- Dartmouth College: “Sources and Citations at Dartmouth”
- Georgetown University: “What is Plagiarism?”
- Northwestern University: “How to Avoid Plagiarism”
- Purdue University Online Writing Website: “Avoiding Plagiarism” and "Plagiarism and Paraphrasing"
- University of California, Davis: “Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering the Art of Scholarship”
Plagiarism in Computer Science
- Stanford's Department of Computer Science utilizes MOSS (Measure Of Software Similarity), among other things, to detect software plagiarism.
- The Stanford Honor Code and Computer Science
Resources for Writing and Citing in Different Disciplines
- Consult this page for more information on writing and citing from Stanford's Hume Center for Writing and Speaking.
Bibliographic Software Programs
If you are in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism in the context of a particular assignment, talk with the instructor.