Academic Honesty and Plagiarism
In general, plagiarism is taking credit for work someone else did.
This can be as obvious as copying your friend's homework, or as subtle as writing one sentence in your 5-page essay that contains an idea from something you read--and not putting the original writer's name next to that idea.
Plagiarism is a form of theft--it is stealing ideas and work. Schools take this crime very seriously. Be sure that you check your agenda to see what the penalties for plagiarism are at ATSS.

View the following video about plagiarism and academic honesty:

Here is a flash tutorial about plagiarism.
It can help you figure out what is and isn't plagiarism. It is from a University Website, so it might be most useful for you to click on the "undeclared" student when you have to choose a character.

If you have questions, please see me!

Are you not sure how to cite your sources?
There are lots of different ways, but for courses in the Humanities (English, Social Studies, French...) we use MLA style. For this style, you should:
a) always cite your sources IN THE TEXT by putting the author's name (and a page number, if it's a print source) next to his or her ideas/words

Example: Clearly, "anything that is invented when you are between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five is new and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it" (Adams, 125), but it is not the case for everyone, as some people can learn new technologies and applications even after they are forty (Stilson).

b) include a "Works Cited" page at the end of your piece that shows the complete information about the sources you used in the correct format. All the works you got information from MUST be listed, in alphabetical order by author. Here's what PART of a works cited page might look like, with ONE book and ONE web source (note: these are made-up resources, for illustration purposes. Yours have to be real, with accurate info):

Adams, Douglas. The Salmon of Doubt.Winnipeg, MB: Dewdney & Trehearne. 1922. Print
Stilson, Carey. "How to Know What You Know". Technology and You. Technology and Resources Canada. 23 Feb 1995. Web. 10 November 2036.

Not sure what the correct format is?
Here is a handout you can use when researching any assignment. It will help you set up all the information you need. Notice that it is a two-sided page; you'll need to print in two-sided mode. Also, notice that each type of source you use has different requirements. Be certain that you list each type of source properly!
If you have questions, see me!
Notes page: Remember that you should be keeping NOTES about each source that you consult, so you know which ideas came from which sources.
This handout is just a handy record of where you looked for information. Look at the bottom of each section to see how your actual Works Cited page should be formatted.

Here are a sample Good Works Cited and a sample Bad Works Cited. Notice that the Works Cited page is a separate page, and that all the works cited are alphabetically listed by author.

Need more help?
There are lots of excellent resources on the Internet to help you learn how to use in-text citations and how to structure your Works Cited page.
The one I used through all my university courses is linked to here: Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. It's an excellent resource, if a bit overwhelming at first. If you find other resources, let me know and I'll put them up. Remember, it's up to you to get it right--no excuses!