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Academic Integrity: An Overview: Resources for Students

The objective of this guide is to provide JMU students clear definitions and resources related to academic integrity with a focus on plagiarism.

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Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of taking another person's writing, conversation, song, or even idea and passing it off as your own. This includes information from web pages, books, songs, television shows, email messages, interviews, articles, artworks or any other medium. Whenever you paraphrase, summarize, or take words, phrases, or sentences from another person's work, it is necessary to indicate the source of the information within your paper using an internal citation. It is not enough to just list the source in a bibliography at the end of your paper. Failing to properly quote, cite or acknowledge someone else's words or ideas with an internal citation is plagiarism.

Once you understand that plagiarism is using another's words/work or ideas and claiming them as your own, you should have an idea how to avoid plagiarising.

Understanding Plagiarism

View the following video from the Madison Research Essentials Toolkit to learn more about the value of information.  

Still Unsure?

 The following resources provide excellent information about avoiding plagiarism and the effective integration of sources.  
  • 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.
  • How not to Plagiarize - University of Toronto's guide covers many of the frequently asked questions about plagiarism.

Content Credit

Credit for the compilation of select lists of resources is given to the University of Memphis.