I don't believe online education is a guessing game where students should have to guess what I expect. It is my job as a facilitator to educate you about plagiarism. The term "plagiarism" has a fairly universal definition but is an extremely complex concept. As such, it is my choice to explain in detail what I mean by plagiarism and how I expect student papers to cite information. I believe some students plagiarize without realizing it's wrong or they're merely ignorant of proper citation methods. 

Yes, students are adults and should know the definition of plagiarism. Yes, students have signed agreements not to plagiarize and shouldn't need reminders. Yes, students are expected to submit papers using APA citation standards. However, I know I have all my bases covered if I (1) define plagiarism, (2) explain my expectations regarding intellectual property, and (3) review APA citation guidelines with EVERY class. Then, if I have to call a student on plagiarism, I'm on firm ground and the student doesn't have a defense. Plagiarized papers, whether intentional or not, will receive a score of zero and further disciplinary actions will be taken. Please read the following articles carefully:

Finally, here are some Internet links to excellent sites with plagiarism information:

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