This is a guide for GRC's nursing students.



Plagiarism is defined as using others’ original ideas in one’s written or spoken work without giving proper credit.

Ideas include but are not limited to:
  • Facts
  • Opinions
  • Quotations
  • Images
  • Statistics
  • Equations
  • Hypotheses
  • Theories

Plagiarism can occur in two ways: intentional and unintentional.

A student may intentionally plagiarize in many ways, such as: 
  • Turning in someone else’s work as your own, including another student's work or work produced by an AI such as ChatGPT
  • 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 meaning and 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 giving credit or not
  • "Repurposing" one's own work or submitting the same work for two different classes without the permission of the instructors.
A student may unintentionally plagiarize when:
  • Trying in good faith to document your academic work, but failing to do so accurately and/or thoroughly
  • Plagiarism and documentation have not been addressed in a student's academic coursework and the student is unprepared for college academic writing or speaking.
Outside Websites

Uploading to and/or accessing course materials from external websites such as, but not limited to, Chegg or Course Hero is considered academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

Academic honesty

In academically honest writing or speaking, you must document sources of information whenever:

  • another person's exact words are quoted.
  • another person's idea, opinion, or theory is used through paraphrase.
  • facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed.

In order to complete academically honest work, you need to: 

  • acknowledge all sources according to the method of citation preferred by the instructor.
  • write as much as possible from your own understanding of the materials and in your own voice.

In order to produce academically honest work, you will be able to:

  • ask an authority on the subject of the work - such as the instructor who assigned the work.
  • seek help from academic student services such as the library, writing center, math learning center, and/or tutoring center.

Try It!

Create a paraphrase from the quotation below.

Be creative!  You may also with to employ some of these paraphrasing tips:

  • Start at a different point from the original
  • Use synonyms
  • Change sentence structure (passive to active voice or vice-versa)
  • Break up long sentences or combine shorter ones

“Health care organizations’ policies will often stipulate that staff are to remain neutral, not persuading or dissuading a parent’s decision related to adoption. Often, however, the birth mother’s grief and at times revisiting the decision to relinquish the baby will evoke emotions within the nurse who is caring for the mother.”  

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What is Plagiarism?

  • Definition
  • Consequences of Plagiarism
  • Types of Plagiarism
  • Verbatim Plagiarism
  • Patchwork Plagiarism
  • Paraphrasing Plagiarism
  • Global Plagiarism
  • Self Plagiarism

Video: How to Avoid Plagiarism in 5 Easy Steps

Source: "How to Avoid Plagiarism: In 5 Easy Steps" by Steelman Library, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn how plagiarism can be intentional and unintentional and how to avoid plagiarizing by paraphrasing and citing your sources.

Video: How to Paraphrase in 5 Easy Steps

Source: "How to Paraphrase in 5 Easy Steps" by Scribbr, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Learn what paraphrasing is and easy steps to paraphrase in order to avoid plagiarizing.