Academic Integrity can be defined as honest and responsible scholarship. Whenever you are writing research papers you must cite your sources (books, journals, or web sites) acknowledging other peoples’ ideas, and giving credit for their work, just as you would want acknowledged if they were using your work. Citations also help the reader find the sources again. Use the following links to guidelines to using some of the various citation styles.
Use these quick guides for examples of how to cite common types of sources in APA, MLA, CSE, and Chicago styles.
Plagiarism is presenting the words or ideas of someone else as your own without proper acknowledgment of the source.
If you don't credit the author, you are committing a type of theft called plagiarism.
When you work on a research paper you will probably find supporting material for your paper from works by others. It's okay to use the ideas of other people, but you do need to correctly credit them. When you quote people -- or even when you summarize or paraphrase information found in books, articles or Web pages -- you must acknowledge the original author.
It IS plagiarism when you...
1. Buy or use a term paper written by someone else.
2. Cut and paste passages from the Web, a book or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them.
3. Use the words or ideas of another person without citing them.
4. Paraphrase that person's words without citing them.
Remember: Failure to take the consequences of plagiarism seriously can affect your eligibility to play.