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The Research Process: A Guide for OCC Students: 5a. Avoid Plagiarism
This guide will walk you through the research process for a standard research paper.
copying information directly without providing quotation marks,
failing to cite sources, or
citing sources incorrectly.
It does not matter whether you intended to plagiarize or whether the plagiarism occurred unintentionally; it still constitutes academic dishonesty. Ignorance of the rules of correct citation is not an acceptable excuse.
Plagiarism is considered academic misconduct, according to the Student Code of Conduct at Coast Community Colleges. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty can subject a student to disciplinary action. If you have questions about plagiarism, talk to one of the librarians for further assistance.