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Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

A guide for students, faculty, and staff defining plagiarism and detailing how to avoid academic dishonesty.

Using Information Appropriately, aka Avoiding Plagiarism

Once you understand that plagiarism is using another's words or ideas and claiming them as your own, you should have an idea how to avoid plagiarizing.  When you use someone else's words or ideas, you must acknowledge the author.

  • When you want to use a phrase from a book, website, movie (or anything with a fixed form) you must use quotation marks to indicate that it is a quote.  You must also acknowledge the source with a citation.
  • When you paraphrase, you must rewrite in your own words.  Simply changing or moving words around is not paraphrasing.  The grammatical structure of the passage should be significantly different!
 Still not sure how to avoid plagiarism?  Look through some of the examples on the following guides:
  • Avoiding Plagiarism - University of Wisconsin's Writer's Handbook details paraphrasing and common knowledge.
  • Plagiarism - Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Services page shows unacceptable and acceptable paraphrasing

Finding Writing and Research Help

Don't know how to incorporate quotes into your paper? Worried that your paraphrasing could get you in trouble?

  • Free writing assistance is available at the Center for Writing and Communication.  Stop by to get feedback on any writing assignment for any class.  Be sure to bring a research paper, essay, or essay exam *and* the original assignment sheet with you. Schedule an appointment for in-person or virtual help (1st floor, McWherter library).

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