Integrity In The Preparation Of Term Papers

It is important that your term-paper should represent your own work. Although you will inevitably draw ideas and information from various sources, you should aim to assimilate this material in an intelligent and critical way, and to form your own opinions. To a large extent, academic work in Classics and ancient history involves forming a considered judgment on facts and interpretations concerning the ancient world.

There is no need to footnote basic facts which are available in any handbook, e.g. that Aeschylus composed the Oresteia which was performed in 458 B.C.E. or that Augustus died in C.E. 14. But you should identify in a footnote the source of any relatively obscure information, and certainly of any interpretation or opinion. This should be done even if you are not quoting word-for-word from your source.

Most important, if you do use the actual words of your source, identify the material as a quotation, and indicate its source. Copying without acknowledgement is called plagiarism and will incur a penalty. Copying of another student's work is equally unacceptable and dishonest. The term-paper is one area in which collaboration is not appropriate.

Finally if you are thinking of submitting the same paper for two courses, please note that you must obtain the agreement of both instructors in writing and before submitting the paper.

For further information on U.Vic's policy regarding plagiarism, please see the Ombudsman's information page