All work handed in at the University of West Georgia should reflect only the work of an individual student. This does not mean that students should never study together, only that they need to work alone when doing the final version of an assignment. Any use of the ideas, information, or words of anyone else, including paraphrasing of the words and ideas, without crediting them is plagiarism and is a crime. A direct quote of the words (even only a few words) of someone else must be in quotation marks as well as have a note indicating its source. Normally, any clear evidence of plagiarism or any other kind of cheating on any graded assignment (after consultation with the student) will result in a permanent zero for that assignment. See the section on Academic Honesty in the Graduate Catalog or Uncatalog (put out by Student Services). According to a recent book on historical writing, “You plagiarize when, intentionally or not, you use someone else’s words or ideas but fail to credit that person. You plagiarize even when you credit the author but use his [sic] exact words without so indicating with quotation marks or block indentation. You also plagiarize when you use words so close to those in your source, that if you placed your work next to the source, you could see that you could not have written what you did without the source at your elbow. When accused of plagiarism, some writers claim I must have somehow memorized the passage. When I wrote it, I certainly thought it was my own. That excuse convinces very few.” See Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995), p. 167 for this citation and for more information.