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Cite It Right!: Is it Plagiarism?

Citation information to be used with the Cite It Right - Got Research? workshops

Oakton's Misson Statement and Code of Student Conduct

Oakton Community College: Our Vision, Mission & Values


Oakton is the community's college. By providing access to quality education throughout a lifetime, we empower and transform our students in the diverse communities we serve.


Dedicated to teaching and learning, Oakton is a student-centered college known for academic rigor and high standards. Through exemplary teaching that relies on innovation and collaboration with our community partners, our students learn to think critically, solve problems, and to be ethical global citizens who shape the world. We are committed to diversity, cultural competence, and achieving equity in student outcomes.


A focus on Oakton students is at the core of each of these values.

  • We exercise responsibility through accountability to each other, our community, and the environment.
  • We embrace the diversity of the Oakton community and honor it as one of our college's primary strengths.
  • We advance equity by acknowledging the effects of systemic social injustices and intentionally designing the Oakton experience to foster success for all students.
  • We uphold integrity through a commitment to trust, transparency, and honesty by all members of the Oakton community.
  • We cultivate compassion within a caring community that appreciates that personal fulfillment and well-being are central to our mission.
  • We foster collaboration within the college and the larger community and recognize our interdependence and ability to achieve more together.
                                                                                                                                               Ratified by the Board of Trustees, March 21, 2017

 Oakton Student Handbook

 Code of Academic Conduct

"Students at Oakton Community College are expected to demonstrate qualities of morality, honesty, civility, honor and respect." (Code of Student Conduct Article I. B. p. 38)

Student Academic Integrity Policy

What students learn at Oakton goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge or skill.

Learning also involves commitment to the principles of scholarship, acceptance of a sense of mutual obligation in inquiry,
adherence to standards of honesty and acknowledgment, and participation in relationships of trust in the life-long pursuit of wisdom.

The Code of Academic Conduct prohibits such violations of academic integrity as:

  • cheating; 
  • plagiarism; 
  • falsification and fabrication; 
  • abuse of academic materials; 
  • complicity in academic dishonesty

Plagiarism is a violation of the Code of Academic Conduct as described below.

Plagiarism: Presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source or sources), or submitting material that is not entirely one’s own work without attributing the unoriginal portions to their correct sources. The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources occurs when ideas or information are common knowledge. (Oakton Community College. Student Handbook 2017-18 p. 33)

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Plagiarism - How Not To Do It!

Take 2 minutes to find out the basics of how to avoid plagiarism in your papers.

Bainbridge State College. "Plagiarism: How to avoid it." YouTube. YouTube. 5 Jan. 2010. Web. 22 Sept. 2014.
                 (MLA style video citation)

Examples of Plagiarism from 2017

Is plagiarism a problem in the world outside of college classes?  5 Stories of Plagiarism in 2017 tells the stories of people challenged during 2017 for using words, images, and lyrics without credit or permission from the original author or source. Some examples from the article include:

  • Chance the Rapper was sued by Abdul Wali Muhammad over use of his work in a mix tape
  • Rev. Bill Shillady's book, Strong for a Moment Like This, published a prayer without proper credit.

Barbeau, Elise. “5 Stories of Plagiarism in 2017.” Blog, EasyBib, 25 Jan. 2018,

What is Plagiarism Anyway?

How many types of Plagiarism???

For a quick list of 10 types of plagiarism with lots of examples, take a look at this short video.

Length: 3:58

WriteCheckVideos. "10 Types of Plagiarism." iParadigms LLC. 16 Nov. 2012. Web. 22 Sept. 2014.
                                     (MLA style video citation)

Defeat Plagiarism