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Get answers to all kinds of questions about the research process -- from finding a topic and doing a literature review to crafting an argument and editing a final draft.
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APA Style Guide
by Peggy Ridlen, Rebecca van Kniest - Last Updated Mar 15, 2014
This Guide covers the basics of the sixth edition of the APA Style Manual and includes sample citations and additional resources.
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by Peggy Ridlen, Rebecca van Kniest - Last Updated Feb 8, 2014
This Guide covers the basics of the seventh edition of the MLA Style Manual and includes sample citations and additional resources.
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Honesty & Academic Integrity


Plagiarism Policy at Fontbonne

Plagiarism is defined in the Fontbonne Student Handbook as “using another writer’s ideas or expressions without adequate acknowledgment.” The handbook also states that “there is no more important value than academic honesty, which requires that words and ideas scholars present as their own are truly their own.” In accordance with the policies of the Department of English and Communication, any plagiarized writing will fail. Some instructors may have stronger penalties, including failing the course.

Our hope is that no Fontbonne student would ever consider turning in a plagiarized essay. On the rare occasions when a student commits plagiarism, it strikes at the heart of the educational process. It interferes with the instructor’s efforts, undermines the quality of the college environment, and places other students at a disadvantage. It violates the trust that unites the college community. Plagiarism is an offense that all of the faculty, staff, and students at Fontbonne should take very seriously.

In Fontbonne University courses, a student has committed plagiarism if any of the following conditions apply:

  • all or any part of the work (including factual material, phrases, or sentences) was copied from another source without acknowledgement;
  • all or any part of the work was written by someone else;
  • the author has paraphrased material without acknowledgment;
  • the author has had significant outside help with planning or editing the essay, to the point where it is of a different quality from the work that he or she would have accomplished without the help.
Other forms of cheating, such as turning in an essay written for another course without the instructor’s consent, will also result in failure.

Another Look at Plagiarism

Plagiarism: How NOT to do it!


Purdue OWL

OWL logoFor more on Plagiarism (and the research process in general) visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

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