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Guideline for students writing a Literature Review, M.S. Thesis or Dissertation PhD.

What is Plagiarism

NYMC's Student Code of Academic Integrity and Professionalism prohibits plagiarism, and students found violating this code can face consequences as severe as suspension or even dismissal from the college.


According to the AMA Manual of Style, plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.1

1. AMA Manual of Style Committee. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 11th edition ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2020. Accessed February 12, 2020

Examples of Plagiarism

  1. Purchasing a paper
  2. Copying a paper without attribution
  3. Fabricating a citation
  4. Paraphrasing without proper citation
  5. Inadequately using citations
  6. Incorrectly assuming a fact is common knowledge and not providing a citation
  7. Re-using your own work without citation

Avoiding Plagiarism


Turnitin Highlights Importance Of Originality Checking Following  Ministerial Resignation Over Plagiarism Allegations

For Students checking their thesis/dissertation/lit review/other:

  1. Log in to Canvas.
  2. Go to Student Resources course for your school (GSBMS).
  3. Click on the Turnitin link on the course homepage.
  4. Click on submit an assignment.
    • NOTE: Your document is NOT officially submitted here; this is just for YOU to check the document for plagiarism. 

Any Questions regarding Turnitin. 

Contact the eLearning department at (914) 594-4819 or

Below you will find a helpful online tutorial from Indiana University on how to avoid plagiarism in your writing.


Below are some steps to effective paraphrasing from the Purdue Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.

"Reread the original passage until you understand its full meaning."2 

"Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a note card."2 

"Jot down a few words below your paraphrase to remind you later how you envision using this material. At the top of the note card, write a key word or phrase to indicate the subject of your paraphrase."2 

"Check your rendition with the original to make sure that your version accurately expresses all the essential information in a new form."2 

"Use quotation marks to identify any unique term or phraseology you have borrowed exactly from the source."2 

"Record the source (including the page) on your note card so that you can credit it easily if you decide to incorporate the material into your paper."2 

2. Paraphrase: write it in your own words. Purdue University Online Writing Lab. Accessed December 12, 2019.




Describes the legal right of authors to exclusively control the communication, copying and/or distribution of their work and to collect royalties when they are used by others. 2-3

2. U.S. Copyright Office.  Copyright basics. Accessed December 10, 2013. 
3. Medical Library Association. The Copyright law and the health sciences librarian. Accessed December 10, 2013. 

Students writing dissertations and Master’s theses are required to deposit theses and dissertations into the Proquest database where it will be automatically copyrighted. 

So, for those students writing dissertations and Master’s theses, you do need to obtain permission to reproduce materials like figures that were created by other authors who own the copyright to their material.