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What is Plagiarism?

"The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft."

Source: Oxford English Dictionary


Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism can be DELIBERATE or it can be UNINTENTIONAL. Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided by citing sources

Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you need to acknowledge their source. The following situations almost always require citation:

  • whenever you use direct quotes
  • whenever you paraphrase sentences or words.
  • whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed
  • whenever you make specific reference to the work of another
  • whenever someone else's work has been critical in developing your own ideas.

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Plagiarism: Why Should I Care?

Plagiarism can happen deliberately or unintentionally and should not be taken lightly. Plagiarism is like stealing and diminishes the academic value of your research and threatens academic integrity and the pursuit of information and knowledge. Take the time to understand plagiarism!

RELATED: Academic Integrity

The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as having five components:

  1. Honesty -Turn in your own work, based on your own intellectual quest.
  2. Trust - Scholars and academic institutions should mutually support academic freedoms and foster trust in the pursuit and exchange of knowledge.
  3. Fairness - Learning experiences and interactions need to be carried out fairly and consistently according to institution policies.
  4. Respect - All opinions and exchanges must be shared with a respect of intellectual freedom and the process of learning. 
  5. Responsibility - Be accountable for the work you turn in and accept responsibility for the pursuit of your own education.

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