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Research Guide

Plagiarism at ATS

According to the ATS Academic Catalog, plagiarism is "the presenting of another's ideas or writings as one's own" extending to "include both written and oral discourse presentations" (31). By using the words and ideas of another person, you claim their words as your own and are, in effect, stealing from the original author.

Plagiarism may take many forms: cheating, 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 for plagiarism.

Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty can subject a student to both academic discipline and disciplinary action. In certain cases, it may result in suspension or dismissal from Asbury Theological Seminary.


Paraphrasing an author's work or putting it in your own words does not negate the need to cite the orginal source. When in doubt, cite!

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Avoiding Plagiarism

To avoid plagiarizing someone else words or ideas, make sure you:

  • Paraphrase the original text into your own words. Be sure you are not just rearranging phrases or replacing a couple of words (additional resource on paraphrasing).
  • Use quotation marks around text that has been taken directly from the original source.
  • Cite every source of information you use to write your paper unless it is common knowledge or the results of your own research. This includes facts, figures, and statistics as well as opinions and arguments.

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