It's not required to annoy you, we promise! Citations are a critical component of proper academic work. Why?
As defined by Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, to plagiarize is:
"to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source."
Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed, and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source, is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.
Southern New Hampshire University requires all students to adhere to high standards of academic integrity, as defined in SNHU Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. All catalogs explicitly state that plagiarism and cheating are not tolerated by the University, and students involved in such activities are subject to disciplinary action.
Specifically, plagiarism is defined as: "the use, whether by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another without full and clear acknowledgment".
Cheating is outlined as follows: "the giving or receiving of unauthorized assistance on quizzes, examinations or written assignments from any source not approved by the instructor." One example of cheating is: Using someone else’s work without proper citation.
Plagiarism and cheating are serious academic offenses that can be easily avoided with a proper understanding of citation guidelines. This guide will direct you to several resources that will help you create proper citations for all your work.
For more information about avoiding plagiarism and copyright violation, use one of the links below:
For more help visit our Citation Guide.