Crossing the Line
Research v. Plagiarism
What is research?
Research involves gathering information and data from multiple sources in order to gain an understanding of a particular topic (be it an event, concept, person, etc.). It should involve taking thorough notes, verifying your information through multiple reliable sources and developing your own ideas and theories based on that information. Ideas, quotes and paraphrasing taken from other sources need to be properly documented and cited to ensure that credit is given whenever necessary.
What is plagiarism?
All of the following are considered plagiarism:
- turning in someone else's work as your own
- copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
- failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
- giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
- changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
- copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
Sharing v. Piracy
So what's the difference?
If you lend your copy of a legally acquired CD or DVD to a friend for them to use, they view it (without making a copy or saving it to any electronic device) and then returned it, that would be sharing.
If someone who did not purchase a copy legally acquires one (through copying a friend's CD or DVD, downloading from a file sharing site, or buying counterfeit copies), that would be piracy. The most common types involve music, movies and software.
So what's the problem? Don't those companies make a ton of money? They won't miss it!
It is estimated that software piracy costs companies in the billions of dollars in lost sales each year, in addition to the resources spent to try to counter software pirates.
What can happen to me if I cross the line?
At School - The Pine Ridge Code of Conduct is a good place to start. Depending on what the issue is (plagiarism, cyber-bullying, etc.), your teacher and/or administrator will work to determine the appropriate consequences for your actions.
In the Community - Depending on the type of line that you crossed and the severity of the offence, you may face consequences from your parent, your peers, employers and even the police and court system.