Documentation and Plagiarism Policy at Georgia Gwinnett College
Documentation is giving credit to another person’s work using a recognized style of citation. This must be done any time one uses another person’s words or ideas, verbatim or paraphrased. Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s words or ideas, intentionally or unintentionally, in a way that makes them appear to be one’s own. When documentation is so poor as to prevent others from understanding the information’s source and the information appears to be one’s own when it is not, unintentional plagiarism has been committed.
If one does not cite others’ words properly, one is committing plagiarism, which is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy at GGC. For more details see the GGC Catalog. For a complete description of the GGC Academic Integrity Policy for Academic Dishonesty, see section 18.104.22.168.2 pg. 22 of the Student Handbook.
When one refers to another person’s words or ideas from a printed source of any type (book, journal, website, pamphlet, letter, magazine, etc.) or a non-printed source (a conversation, a formal interview, a video or a recording, etc.) one must document the source properly. If a student participates in a collaborative project and his/her team members originate an idea that he/she later uses in his/her essay or work, the student must cite correctly the conversation that occurred with his/her team members in which the team discussed the idea.