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Citation and Style Guide: Academic Integrity

A guide to resources and best practices for citation, academic integrity, and bibliography management.

Plagiarism Defined

Plagiarism is defined as using another’s ideas, words or knowledge in any format (print, online, media, etc.) and passing them on as your own.

Whether it is done intentionally or inadvertently, it is still considered plagiarism.

Plagiarism infringes on a person’s right to intellectual property; it is a form of stealing—committing academic dishonesty and infringes on copyright law.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your sections of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent  being too dependent upon your sources.

From Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab):

"Here, then, is a brief list of what needs to be credited or documented:

  • Words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, Web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium
  • Information you gain through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing
  • When you copy the exact words or a unique phrase
  • When you reprint any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials
  • When you reuse or repost any electronically-available media, including images, audio, video, or other media

Bottom line, document any words, ideas, or other productions that originate somewhere outside of you."


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Common Knowledge

Examples of Academic Dishonesty

  • Turning in another person's work as your own (including papers from free websites).
  • Copying text, an excerpt, a paragraph, or a line without proper acknowledgment from books, periodicals, monographs, maps, charts, pamphlets, and other sources, such as the Internet or article databases.
  • Using a quotation without proper documentation (omitting quotation marks).
  • Paraphrasing material without citing the source(s).
  • Purchasing a paper from a research service or a commercial term-paper mill. Sharing or swapping from a local source (other students’ papers).