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Astronomy: Plagiarism

This is a guide to the Library's collection in Astronomy. It is not comprehensive, but rather provides a good starting point for research.

What IS Plagiarism?

The short answer is:

Presenting someone else's words or ideas as your own.


It comes in many forms.  Here are some of the more common ones:

  1. Copying and pasting from the Internet.
  2. Using quotes or paraphrasing without giving credit to the source.
  3. Using ideas or information that is not common knowledge without giving credit.
  4. Paraphrasing that only involves changing a few words while maintaining the original sentence structure.
  5. Buying papers and turning them in.
  6. Having someone else write your paper.
  7. Making up information and citing it as real.
  8. Making up citations, or presenting them so as to be impossible to find.

Academic Misconduct Policy

Northeast State Community College has an Academic Misconduct policy in the Student Handbook that addresses plagiarism.  Plagiarism is defined in the handbook as "the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one’s own without proper attribution."

  • Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. "Academic and Classroom Misconduct." 2013-2014 Catalog and Student Handbook. Blountville, TN: Northeast State Community College, 2013. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.

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Avoiding Plagiarism

Sometimes plagiarism is unintentional or accidental.  However, this is not an excuse - plagiarism is unacceptable no matter the reason.

Below are some links to sites that will help you learn to avoid inadvertent plagiarism.


Cape Fear Community College. A Quick Guide to Plagiarism. YouTube.

Plagiarism in the News

Plagiarism does not cease to be an issue when you are out of school.  Learning correct information usage and ethics now will help keep you out of trouble in the future.


The links below demonstrate people in hot water over plagiarism.

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