After this Library instruction session, students will be able to...
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to plagiarize is "to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or ideas."
You can avoid plagiarism by being clear and honest about the sources you used in your work, paraphrasing well, and learning to use citations and references. These are fundamental skills you will be learning in college, and they take practice and time. You can find help in your English classes, at the Writing Center, in the Library's "Cite Sources" online guide, and in many of the Library databases.
Most of your classes will include in the syllabus a statement about the LAVC Policy on Academic Dishonesty. As a student at LAVC, you are required to follow this policy.
The librarian will pass out a handout that has sample passages from the Wikipedia page for How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life. The Wikipedia page lists several authors who Kaavya Viswanathan was inspired by and, allegedly, plaigiarized from. (If you'd like to view the handout online, you can download it below.)
Alone or with the people around you, look at the passages the librarian assigns you on the handout. For each one, consider this question: "Do you think Kaavya Viswanathan plagiarized?"
In a few minutes, we will discuss your answers as a class.
And still, people are talking about it. Was what Kaavya did really plagiarism? Should she ever be forgiven?
Google is not the Internet.
Google is one way (the most popular way) to find information on the Internet. There are parts of the Internet that Google can't reach, such as the research databases on the Library website.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary...
Let's all take a look at this article: HPV and Hepatitis B vaccines do not prevent cervical cancer and liver disease
Is this article appropriate to use as a source in a college-level research paper? What does your gut tell you?