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What Is Plagiarism?

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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.”

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Helpful Links

Sources on Plagiarism

Plagiarism in 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

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If you are in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism in the context of a particular assignment, talk with the instructor.