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Plagiarism, Fair Use and Copyright Guide: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

Source: In this YouTube video provided by the University of Windsor's Academic Integrity Office, you will learn about your student expectations and different forms of academic dishonesty.

Plagiarism Checking Tools

Goblin Threat on Campus!

Play a fun game created by librarian Lycoming College Librarian Mary Broussard to learn more about plagiarism! Click here to find the goblins hiding on campus and fight plagiarism! 


Plagiarism: Why should I care?

Plagiarism can happen deliberately or unintentially and should not be taken lightly. Plagiarism is like stealing and diminishes the academic value of your research and threatens academic integrity and the pursuit of information and knowledge. Take the time to understand plagiarism!

RELATED: Academic Integrity

The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as having six components:

  1. Honesty -Turn in your own work, based on your own intellectual quest.
  2. Trust - Scholars and academic institutions should mutually support academic freedoms and foster trust in the pursuit and exchange of knowledge.
  3. Fairness - Learning experiences and interactions need to be carried out fairly and consistently according to institution policies.
  4. Respect - All opinions and exchanges must be shared with a respect of intellectual freedom and the process of learning. 
  5. Responsibility - Be accountable for the work you turn in and accept responsibility for the pursuit of your own education.
  6. Courage - Stand up for values even under pressure and adversity. 

Self Plagiarism?

Yes, it is possible that you can re-use work from other assignments you have turned in for classes you have already taken and many professors could consider this self-plagiarism. "Recycling" or reusing work you have already done, especially without citing your previous work, may be considered unethical. Below are some links to read through and better understand this controversial concept. 

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism can be DELIBERATE or UNINTENTIONAL. Whenever you borrow words or ideas, you MUST acknowledge their source to give the author/creator credit and to respect their intellectual property!

The following situations almost always require citation:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work [also called "fair use" in copyright law], whether you give credit or not 

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For more help understanding plagiarism and citation for research papers, consult the library's Citation Guide.