Lincoln Memorial University

Plagiarism Policy

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Melody Amason | 865.531.4109 | [email protected]

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.

The following Certification of Authorship statement must be included with all written assignments.

Certification of Authorship:
I certify that I am the author of this paper titled _____________________________________________________________ and that any assistance I received in its preparation is fully acknowledged and disclosed in the paper.  I have also cited any sources from which I used data, ideas, or words, either quoted directly or paraphrased.  I also certify that this paper was prepared by me specifically for this course.  I understand that falsification of information will affect my status as a graduate student.

Student’s Signature___________________________________________  

Date ________________



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