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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Tips and tricks to help you maintain your academic integrity

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism" is the act of using another author's words or ideas and passing them off as your own.

Intentional Plagiarism

  • Submitting a paper that you bought or downloaded
  • Getting someone else to write your paper
  • Cutting and pasting information to create your essay 
  • Cutting and pasting a sentence or two
  • Making up sources
  • Copying from a peer
  • Not putting quotation marks around other's words

Unintentional Plagiarism

  • Working too closely with a partner or group
  • Including sources in a bibliography without citing them in the text
  • Using material directly from your textbook to complete an assignment
  • Poor paraphrasing skills
  • Poor quoting skills
  • Poor citing skills

Not Plagiarism:

  • Using commonly known knowledge or facts.  For example, "Justin Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada"
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