Citation and Plagiarism

English 227, Section 004

Introduction to Creative Writing - Fall 2012

Instructor: Ryan Edel

Office Hours: Tuesday 1-3pm and Wednesday 11am-1pm, STV 414B

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Creative work is by definition original. All works submitted for class are to be the sole creation of the student. Themes and literary devices from other writers will likely influence your work, and open discussion of works-in-progress is encouraged. When you reference another source, proper citation (in keeping with the standards of the genre) is required.

In my experience, I’ve noted a great deal of confusion among students regarding what constitutes plagiarism. Unfortunately, the easy “share” buttons of social media and the ready duplication of copy-and-paste have left many of us with the habit to taking “snippets” of material from outside sources. These are not bad habits – they simply must be coupled with the appropriate use of citation. If you include any images, lines of text, or ideas from an outside source, simply include a note to let your readers know the original source of the material. We will discuss different modes of citation (such as Modern Language Association and standard hyperlinks), but writing a “perfect” citation is less important than providing your readers with enough information to track down your original sources.

Please let me know if at any time you have questions regarding citation or plagiarism. In cases where sources are not properly cited, the final grade for a project may be lowered by up to one letter grade. Flagrant plagiarism – i.e. presenting the work of another as your own – will be addressed according to the policies set forth by ISU’s Community Rights and Responsibilities Office.  Plagiarism will result in grade reduction, possible failure of the course, and possible additional sanctions.