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The History Department has adopted Mary Lynn Rampolla’s “Pocket Guide to Writing in History” (6th edition) for use in all undergraduate courses. Please refer to this book for tips on researching and writing history papers, and for information about how to format footnotes and bibliographies. The University bookstore usually has this title in stock or can order it for you.
The U of S library contains discipline specific research guides to help you track down sources, cite documents, and plan research papers.
History Department Plagiarism Policy
It is important that students read and understand the University’s regulations governing academic misconduct, which apply to all University courses. Plagiarism is one of 23 examples of misconduct that are outlined in these regulations. Because it concerns the use of sources in the production of one’s own work (term essays, prepared in-class essays, take-home exams, book reviews, historiographic overviews, artistic or historical reproductions, and any other written requirements), a clear understanding of plagiarism is particularly important in History and CMRS courses, where such work often constitutes an important component of the course. Accordingly, every student must understand the distinction between plagiarism and the legitimate use of external sources. As stated in the University’s regulations:
“Plagiarism is the presentation of the work or idea of another in such a way as to give others the impression that it is the work or idea of the presenter. Adequate attribution is required. What is essential is that another person have no doubt which words or research results are the student’s and which are drawn from other sources. Full explicit acknowledgement of the source of the material is required.
Examples of Plagiarism are:
(i) The use of material received or purchased from another person or prepared by any person other than the individual claiming to be the author.
(ii) The verbatim use of oral or written material without adequate attribution.
(iii) The paraphrasing of oral or written material of other persons without adequate attribution.”
It is also unethical to submit the same essay to two different classes, unless you have made a special arrangement with the instructors of both classes.
If your instructor believes that plagiarism or any other type of academic misconduct has occurred, s/he will follow the University regulations governing these matters, which are available at: