Avoiding Plagiarism

Test (student assessment)
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In Buchmann’s (2014) article, the statistics on cheating are frightening. He notes that the percentage of college students who admitted to cheating is hovering at around 75%. Furthermore, he notes that this rate has remained constant since 1963, the year it was first examined. Today, with more and more online programs, students are faced with an even greater ethical dilemma: how to properly synthesize and cite sources in their college writing.

According to Buchmann (2014), the reasons that students cheat can be placed in one of five categories: “ambiguous attitudes, competitive pressures, institutional apathy, lack of understanding, and self interest.” For the complete definitions of these ideas, please read Buchmann’s short article.

Your Brandman librarians know that you want to produce original, ethical work; however, sometimes, knowing how to cite information can be tricky. We can help you overcome the ambiguous attitude about how plagiarism is defined and show you where to find resources within the library to help you with both in-text and reference citations. We can also help you better understand how to color within the lines in terms of following the Student Code of Conduct.

As always, when in doubt, ask a librarian. We’re here for you.


Buchmann, B. (2014, April 22). Cheating in college: Where is happens, why students do it and how to stop it [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/uloop/cheating-in-college-where_b_4826136.html


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