Information Literacy: Part 6 – Academic Honesty | De Anza College

Information Literacy: Part 6 – Academic Honesty | De Anza College

[ Music ]>>Academic integrity
is fundamental to your success as a student. What is academic integrity
and why is it important? At De Anza College our
mission as educators is to help you develop
your intellect, character and abilities. To realize your goals and to
be socially responsible leaders in your communities. Academic integrity is
central to that mission. Imagine hearing the words of
a speech or reading a paper and realizing it is your
work but under another name. As you struggle to meet
deadlines and have easy access to resources from peers
and on the Internet, creating original work
and giving proper credit where it is due gets difficult. Copying something
without crediting it is always unacceptable. In both the worlds of academics
and in business the consequences for plagiarism are great. Students who unfairly take the
work of others and pass it off as their own cheat
themselves and others. Students who plagiarize
typically receive a failing grade for their assignment
and, depending on severity, possibly a failing
grade for the course. Now that we have discussed the
importance of integrity both in academia and life, let’s
examine some of the ways you as a student could be
committing academic dishonesty. According to the DeAnza College
student handbook the most common kind of academic dishonesty
are cheating and plagiarism. The handbook defines cheating
as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain
credit for academic work through the use of dishonest,
deceptive or fraudulent means. Under this definition you cannot
copy, in part or in whole, from someone else’s test. Submit work presented previously
in another course if contrary to the rules of either course. Use or consult any sources
during an examination. Consult with others
during an examination. Use electronic equipment
including cell phones and PDAs or use materials not authorized by the instructor
during an examination. Plagiarism is defined
as representing the work of someone else as your own. In other words, plagiarism
is the act of copying or replicating someone
else’s ideas or words without clearly acknowledging
the source of that information. This can include incorporating
the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs or parts of
another person’s writings without giving appropriate
credit and representing it as your own. Representing another’s
artistic or scholarly work such as musical compositions,
computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings or
sculptures as your own. Submitting a paper
purchased from a research or term paper service
including the Internet. Using information
from web sources without proper attribution. While obvious cheating and
copying are easy to spot and prevent, plagiarism
can be much trickier. The most common one is
word for word plagiarism. This happens when words
are copied verbatim from the original source and quotations are neither
used nor bibliographic references given. Even if you give the author
credit you cannot copy their exact language without
indicating it is theirs by putting it in
quotation marks. When you paraphrase
by copying portions from the original document,
or change keywords and phrases but retain the original
content of the source, it is still plagiarism. To avoid plagiarism
when quoting a source, the author must do three things. Accurately quote the
original author’s words and close the quotations
within quotation marks. Follow each quotation with a
citation of the page number. Have a work cited page at the
end of your work per MLA style. Paraphrasing from
multiple sources and fitting them
together also known as Patchwork Plagiarism
is also dishonest. Anytime you use someone
else’s ideas but put them in your own words,
you are paraphrasing that source and plagiarizing. Although the words are
yours, the ideas come from another source and that
source must be documented with a parenthetical citation
and a works cited at the end of the paper per MLA style. Failure to do so is plagiarism. How can you avoid plagiarism? Begin assignments with your own
thoughts, ideas and experiences. Seek only appropriate
help from others such as clarifying the
assignment, brainstorming and collaboration with
peers, and proofreading. You do not have to cite
information your readers would already know or can find easily
in general reference sources. Start research outlining and
writing of your speech plan or paper early enough to
ensure there is enough time to do your best work. Keep track of the
sources that you use, and correctly document
sources early on to save time and
prevent mistakes. It is easy to unintentionally
plagiarize when you aren’t clear whether
your notes are your own words or someone else’s words. Use quotes to begin and
end an author’s words. Remember changing the words
of the original source and making them your own
words is not sufficient to avoid plagiarism. Verbally cite sources when
delivering a presentation. Prepare a works cited list by following acceptable
documentation procedures such as MLA or APA. While you learn from others
and use that knowledge to create new ideas,
remember to always give credit to those who led the way. While most resources in an
academic setting are covered under fair use, you always
should check for copyright usage at the source location. While giving credit for ideas
and words is easy to remember, do not forget to give credit
for images, drawings, videos, audio or other resources
that you use in your speeches
and written work. In the case of images, you want
to use images that are protected under the Creative
Commons license. Which allows for
noncommercial use with credit. So for example if you are using
an image from Google images on the topic of diversity
in your presentation, a lot of images show up. Not all of these images can be
used by you or someone else. Click on the tab
title search tools. You will see an option
titled usage rights. When you click on this a
list of options pop up. The default setting is
Not filtered by license. Usually one would select
the last option Labeled for noncommercial reuse as it
gives the most flexibility. When you click on this, you
will notice the images change and now only the images that
have permission to be used for noncommercial
purposes show up. Which means you can
use one of these images with proper citation and credit
in your presentation or essay. Don’t try to hide the fact
that you’ve consulted sources. A well-developed presentation or paper often uses
support from other sources. Done skillfully, this
can add credibility to your speeches
and written work. Citations along with the works
cited list or bibliography show that you have done your research and reviewed a variety
of credible sources. Honesty, trust, fairness,
respect and responsibility are all
vital to being a positive force in the academic community. [ Music ]


50 thoughts on “Information Literacy: Part 6 – Academic Honesty | De Anza College”

  • It's obvious by now that academic honesty is something that should be stressed at all times. Not only is our grades at stake, but our futures as well.

  • William Nguyen says:

    I have learned to avoid plagiarism by citing the author and the source of the info and date,
    Presenting the evidence (stat, expert testimony or quotation), and Restating the evidence in my own words.

  • Academic Honesty is very important and should be emphasized for every class. Its not worth trying to get a good grade versus getting a failing grade.

  • Michael Trang says:

    I did not know that you should limit the images found on Google to “noncommercial reuse” in order to be able to use them in assignments.

  • It's never a good idea to not cite sources because it will show cheating. Which can lead to something more scary like being expelled.

  • Never use material that is not yours since it is plagiarism and if that is done than your school life and career life are in major jeopardy. Images that you use within presentations can actually be filtered to where you can use for non-commercial purposes, which is great to know since I never knew that before. Whew… Always cite work!

  • I got an understanding of academic honesty. That plagiarism is not ok, it's best to cite sources and credit the owner. If someone cheats, they cheat everyone else and themselves.

  • wongelawit alemayehu says:

    Academic honesty and integrity are important to have in our life. Also, I never new about "noncommercial reuse” when we use images, which is good to know.

  • Academic integrity is incredibly important and I love how this video gave examples to show what plagiarism really looks like. This videos are so informative!

  • Unintentional plagiarism is much more common than one would think. Since plagiarism is not always with the intent to commit plagiarism, it is important as students that we are especially cautious about where we get information from. Good warning video

  • Vincenza Anastasia Priana says:

    Academic integrity is very important as a college student. We always have to remember to give credits to avoid plagiarism. Very informative for students.

  • With the numerous papers that we write, it isn't unexpected for us college students to unintentionally plagiarize the work of others, therefore, it is extremely important to exercise caution, no matter the type of paper being composed.

  • College students tend to unintentionally plagiarize work and it's important that they cite the sources they use to avoid any plagiarism that could cause trouble.

  • Angelina Nguyen says:

    This video taught me what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. I think the video is helpful since it gave many steps on how to properly cite work and avoid plagiarism. I think the video could be improved by putting the list on how to avoid plagiarism on the screen around 3:55.

  • From this video, I learned that whenever I use images, I should filter my search so that I only find ones that give permission to be reused.

  • As a college student it's really important to make sure that you aren't plagiarizing, so we should pay more attention to correctly cite the author.

  • Plagiarism is when you are using another person's idea as your own without giving them credit. Anyone can avoid this by simply citing it, but most importantly, using your own context into what is being written or said. By this, I don't mean by simply rephrasing it or finding synonyms but in how you would understand it from your point of view.

  • Plagiarism is important because nobody should take credit for work that's not theirs and how its not acceptable in both school and in the work place. This video also taught me how to make sure I properly site all of my sources correctly.

  • Angelina Taing says:

    Academic honesty is important because it can get you dropped from schools or classes for plagiarizing. It is also important for students to do their own work and cite their sources in which they receive information from

  • Badin Pattamasirikul says:

    "Plagiarism" have heard this again and again in all classes here in US. Need to be clearly understand what it means and how to avoid it.

  • samantha esparza says:

    Cheating and plagiarism are the two most common types of academic dishonesty. It is important to ALWAYS avoid academic dishonesty because if it is not avoided it can lead to failing that assignment or even failing the class all together.

  • Eva Cardenas says:

    This video explains something that we should do every time we use others' information as a source for our assignments.

  • Francis Nguyen says:

    Academic honesty and integrity is crucial in becoming a good student. Plagiarizing can do so much harm.

  • I feel like this sort of focuses on morals but for me I think if you just want to be safe and not take any risks just avoid all costs of plagiarism and cheating. It can really damage your academic career instantly!

  • Nor-Cal Video Productions says:

    always good to do your own work even though it can seem tempting to cheat and take the easy way out it is more rewarding to do the work yourself

  • Jennifer Nguyen says:

    I know what plagiarism is, but I didn't know there are different types of plagiarism such as word for word or paraphrased plagiarism.

  • chelgis jahanfard says:

    Plagiarism was a problem since written language was invented. Shame to see in this day and age we still struggle with it.

  • This video taught me about Academic honesty. Using other peoples work is unacceptable. Always put quotes when quoting someone and cite the author.

  • get help from peers or teachers if need help to quote or paraphrase what you are trying to use because plagiarism is bad. mkay

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