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Unformatted text preview: P lagiarism Throughout your course of study in the MBA program at Missouri State, you will be required to write papers and reports in satisfaction of various requirements for many classes. This is all part and parcel of the unavoidable, ongoing learning and assessment process that occurs within the MBA program. In writing papers and reports, you will find it often necessary to refer to various sources of information and ideas to help complete the task at hand. When you include in your paper information and ideas that were researched, remember to give credit to the source of all information and ideas that are incorporated as part of the completed work. This is important. Regardless of the source of your research, whether it be the required text of the class, reference books from the library, or magazines and periodicals, failure to document the source of information along with what is presented, constitutes an unlawful act of plagiarism. Why is Plagiarism Wrong According to the Websters New Collegiate Dictionary, plagiarism is defined as: To steal or purloin and pass off as ones own (ideas, writing, etc. of another). Plagiarism occurs when ideas and information that are not your own are included in your work without giving proper credit to the source or ideas. It is important to remember those ideas and information do not belong to you. They belong to the people who made the original effort to find and compile the information and to those who expended much creative energy to formulate and express those ideas. When you incorporate researched information and ideas as part of your work, these borrowed bits and pieces of information and ideas help to bolster and substantiate your own creative effort. Borrowing makes it necessary to document the source of all facts and notations. In documenting, you acknowledge the effort and creativity of others, whose work played a part to help produce a paper or report for which you are graded. To acknowledge the contribution of others neither diminishes nor negates your own effort or originality. What you eventually complete and hand in is still a product of your sweat and toil. After all, it was through your effort, doing the necessary research, that the required data and concepts were uncovered. It was also through your own creative energy that all those pieces of information and ideas were brought together to form the coherent picture for presentation. By documenting sources along with the completed work, you give credit where credit is due. In doing so, you accomplish what is only ethically just. At the same time, documentation also allows readers to check on how the sources have been interpreted and can help them locate other related information....
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- Fall '10