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Academic Integrity

Basic Tips on Avoiding Plagiarism

Practicing Academic Integrity

To apply the Academic Integrity rules, you need to learn how to cite your sources (see Citing Sources and Citations Styles) and how to properly incorporate the works of others into your research paper (see Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Quoting). By doing so, you are using information honestly, fairly, respectfully, and responsibly, which shows that you are trustworthy. On the contrary, neglecting to do this will result in committing plagiarism.

What is Plagiarism?


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Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else’s work, words, or ideas as your own. It is also called a lack of academic integrity, academic dishonesty, academic fraud, intellectual theft, and cheating.

More detailed definitions: 

Simply put, plagiarism is the theft of intellectual property belonging to another.  It includes the theft of unwritten ideas and concepts as well as the theft of written texts, notes, computer programs, designs, and visual materials" (Jones 4).

"In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledg­ing its source. This definition applies to texts published in print or on-line, to manuscripts, and the work of other student writers" (WPA).

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