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