Concerns, procedures and sanctions about academic honesty are articulated in the FIU Code of Academic Integrity which was adopted by the Student Government Association on November 28, 2001. The following Pledge from the FIU Student Handbook specifically discourages plagiarism:
As a student of this university:
I will be honest in my academic endeavors.
I will not represent someone else's work as my own.
I will not cheat, or will I aid in another's cheating.
Use of the World Wide Web as a research resource has exacerbated the problem of plagiarism in colleges and universities worldwide.
The links to tutorials and websites in this guide will provide information and techniques for the prevention of plagiarism.
WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?
A simple definition of plagiarism is stealing someone else's ideas and presenting them as your own.
This well-designed, interactive tutorial from Fairfield University provides an overview of plagiarism and its legal and ethical consequences. Most importantly it suggests "notetaking, documentation and writing strategies to help you avoid accidental plagiarism". A quiz section provides an opportunity to check your understanding and to receive feedback on your choices. It is also available in a non-Flash html version.
This interactive tutorial from Acadia University (Canada) discusses plagiarism by comparing paraphrasing and quoting, shows how to properly do both as well as how to properly cite your sources. And, it only takes about 10 minutes to complete!
Produced by Yavapai College (AZ), this humorous video and interactive tutorial provides an overview of plagiarism, summarizing and paraphrasing including a brief info on APA or MLA (you choose) style formats.
From Rutgers University (NJ), this is an informative yet humorous introduction to plagiarism including tips to improve your writing in an effort to avoid plagiarism. The tutorial consists of two flash movies and a quiz to test your understanding of the content.
This page comes from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL). It provides examples and directions for paraphrasing properly. In addition, it links to a page of exercises for practicing paraphrasing and a page on quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing. There are printer-friendly and PDF versions available on this page.
This web page from Northwestern University's Undergraduate Academic Conduct Committee provides Guidelines for Proper Attribution including examples with very clear explanations as well as sample citations for direct quotation, interpretation and paraphrasing.
This series of web pages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center, provides a simple explanation of plagiarism and focuses on directions to successfully quote and paraphrase in your writing.
This commercial site is designed to help educators and students develop a better sense of what plagiarism means and to teach the planning, organizational, and citation skills essential for producing quality writing and research. Although this site is affiliated with various products including Turnitin.com (FIU has a license) there is a great deal of useful information in this extensive module.