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Visit the links below to learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

  • Plagiarism Tutorial
    This tutorial from the Purdue OWL explains plagiarism and how to avoid it.
  • You Quote It, You Note It!
    This tutorial from Vaughn Memorial Library, Acadia University, thoroughly explains plagiarism and tests your ability to identify plagiarism.

Books available in Belmont's Library

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Doing Honest Work in College - Lipson, Charles
"By clearly communicating the basic principles of academic honesty and exploring these principles in action, Doing Honest Work in College promotes genuine learning and academic success. This must-have reference empowers faculty and students to address questions about academic honesty before problems arise."

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Understanding Plagiarism - Menager-Beeley, Rosemarie and Lyn Paulos
Understanding Plagiarism covers how to avoid plagiarism, how to use quotations, summarizing and paraphrasing, and citations.

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The College Student's Research Companion - Rodda Quaratiello, Arlene and Jane Devine
"Students will learn to select a topic, effectively find and evaluate the best information in both print and electronic formats, and produce accurate and complete citations based on current versions of important styles guides and web resources. Each chapter includes exercises that reinforce the instruction and guidance."

What is Plagiarism and What Can Happen if I Plagiarize?

Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas without giving that person credit--plagiarism is stealing!  Whether you plagiarize intentionally or accidentally, it is a serious academic offense. According to the Belmont College Code of Conduct, "Dishonesty (such as cheating, plagiarism, etc.)" is unacceptable.  "Persons who violate these regulations may be ejected from College property and suspended or expelled..." To review the complete Code of Conduct, please click the link below.


  • Plagiarism Test
    Test your plagiarism knowledge with this short quiz from Indiana University.

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