Plagiarism/Certificate of Authorship
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s words or ideas as one’s own (See APA Manual, pp. 15-16). One of the most common forms of plagiarism is the paraphrasing of several phrases, sentences or ideas in a paragraph with only one citation at the end of the paragraph resulting in confusion between the cited content and the researcher’s own words or ideas. Another common form is the practice of substituting words or phrases while retaining the original author’s form and structure.
Plagiarism in any form is one of the most egregious violations of professional ethics an author can commit. Submission of plagiarized material, even by accident or through ignorance, is a severe infraction of the professional ethical code and can result in expulsion from the program. To avoid plagiarism:
- Cite sources within the text for all phrases or ideas that are quoted or paraphrased.
- Cite sources within the text in the format delineated in the APA Manual, pp. 174-180.