Why Avoiding Plagiarism is Smart

Information Literacy Module V: Preparing to Use Information Ethically

If the point of research is to pursue the answer to a research question by seeking information, reading sources, and coming to a conclusion of your own, the last thing you want to do is let someone else speak for you. If that’s not enough, consider the fact that plagiarism is academic dishonesty and can lead to failing grades and even removal from a course. In its “Academic Integrity Policy,” MCC warns that plagiarism “may result in sanctions of [sic] up to and including suspension or expulsion from MCC.”

Guiding Your Research
Have you ever heard of anyone who was caught plagiarizing? What were the consequences? What do you think the consequences of plagiarism should be? Ask your instructor what the consequences of plagiarizing are in his or her class.


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