Academic Integrity refers to honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Both students and faculty are held to standards. The WSU Student Code of Conduct includes a definition of plagiarism.
This research guide was created by Sarah Roth-Mullet, MLIS Graduate Student, the iSchool at Illinois, 2013.
Welcome to the research guide on Avoiding Plagiarism!
In this resource, you will find information on:
Plagiarism is using someone else's ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. Sources of words and ideas come in many forms:
A common misperception is that plagiarism means only using someone else's exact words, without giving proper credit. But plagiarism also includes using someone else's ideas, opinions without credit or even mixing multiple sources together or with your own ideas. According to plagiarism.org, here are a few more examples of plagiarism:
The Plagiarism Spectrum https://www.turnitin.com/static/plagiarism-spectrum/
Plagiarism is often accidental. The line between plagiarism and research can be fuzzy. If there is any doubt about whether or not you are using someone else's ideas, you can avoid any question of plagiarism by always citing your source.
It does not matter if a failure to give proper credit was accidental or intentional. Any lack of credit, even accidental, is considered plagiarism.
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from UCLA's website, Preventing Plagiarism (https://www.westga.edu/~mmcfar/preventing_plagiarism.htm)