Plagiarism is rampant on the internet, mostly as a result of “content farms” who pay writers a small fee to write short fluff articles on “How to Lose Weight” or “The Antioxidant Properties of Blueberries.” These content farms do not have academic standards, meaning that no one cares whether there is solid research backing up the claims made by the author, whether the language in the article was borrowed from another author, or whether the ideas stated in the article are grounded in the ideas of another person. Content farms simply pay a small fee (~$50) for a freelance writer to create a newsy piece that sounds good and that will show up on search engines.
Read “The Answer Factory: Demand Media and the Fast, Disposable, and Profitable as Hell Media Model” by Daniel Roth of Wired Magazine on why much of the so called “information” you find on the internet is driven not by academic rigor but by profit.
What this means for you is that you must understand the difference between reliably gathered, ethically presented information and profit-driven, anonymous articles. Be sure to download the MLA Citation PDF on the Helpful Downloads page.
MLA Citation Style
In order to avoid plagiarism, citation styles specific to academic disciplines are used. Citation styles are systematic methods of telling your reader the source of your ideas, statistics, and language when you borrow these things from another writer. Plagiarism is the act of either intentionally or unintentionally borrowing the ideas, facts, or specific language of another writer without giving credit where credit is due. Because this class is writing about literature, the citation style we will practice is that established by the MLA (Modern Language Association).
Plagiarism is not tolerated and results in failing the course. A student faces additional and likely damaging academic repercussions. Please review UAF’s policy on Academic Integrity.