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Medical Scholarship: Plagiarism

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Plagiarism Statement - Rowan University

Plagiarism occurs when a person represents someone else’s words, ideas, phrases, sentences, or data as one’s own work. When submitting work that includes someone else’s words, ideas, syntax, data or organizational patterns, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate and specific references. All verbatim statements must be acknowledged through quotation marks. To avoid a charge of plagiarism, a person should be sure to include an acknowledgment of indebtedness, such as a list of works cited or bibliography. Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to:

  • Quoting, paraphrasing or even borrowing the syntax of another’s words without acknowledging the source.
  • Using another’s ideas, opinions or theories even if they have been completely paraphrased in one’s own words without acknowledging the source.
  • Incorporating facts, statistics or other illustrative material taken from a source, without acknowledging the source, unless the information is common knowledge.
  • Submitting a computer program as original work that duplicates, in whole or in part, without citation, the work of another. 

Taken from the Rowan Academic Integrity Policy. A document you really should read.

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