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St. Clair County Community College Library

Plagiarism & Academic Integrity

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St. Clair County Community College Library
323 Erie St., P.O. Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015
Library main (810) 989-5640
Library fax (810) 989-5773
SMS (810) 515-7343
library@sc4.edu

Why does plagiarism occur?

Often times it is misunderstanding rather than intentional copying that happens in papers.

Commonly uncredited items beyond text can and do include:

  • Graphs
  • Statistics
  • Images
  • Video Clips
  • Audio Clips
  • Dates
  • Websites

Where can I find assistance?

Students will sometimes turn to plagiarism when they are frustrated, lost, confused, or desperate.  Encourage students to reach out for support.  Even at 3 a.m, they are not alone!

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Plagiarism Facts

A survey of over 63,700 US undergraduate and 9,250 graduate students over the course of three years (2002-2005)--conducted by Donald McCabe, Rutgers University--revealed the following:

  • 36% of undergraduates admit to “paraphrasing/copying few sentences from Internet source without footnoting it.”
    • 24% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 38% admit to “paraphrasing/copying few sentences from written source without footnoting it.”
    • 25% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 14% of students admit to “fabricating/falsifying a bibliography”
    • 7% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 7% self report copying materials “almost word for word from a written source without citation.”
    • 4% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 7% self report “turning in work done by another.”
    • 3% of graduate students self report doing the same
  • 3% report “obtaining paper from term paper mill.”
    • 2% of graduate students report doing so

iParadigms, LLC. "FACTS & STATS." plagiarism.org. 2014.Web. <http://www.plagiarism.org/resources/facts-and-stats/>.