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Secondary Library: What is Academic Integrity?

MSMC Academic Integrity Policy


What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is stealing other people's ideas or words.

It can be avoided by acknowledging where you got your information ... by citing your sources as you use them, and listing them in a Bibliography.
Your work (essay, report, assignment) should be primarily your own thinking and your own words.
The words and ideas of others should be a small part of your work. They are included so that you can analyse them and discuss your own response to the topic.

Always cite your sources.

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What is plagiarism?

Why is citation important?

Plagiarism Spectrum

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Cite / citation - to cite is to note the source of your information or quote, to write a citation.
(Citations may also be called "References")

Bibliography - a list of sources used in your research.
(Bibliographies may also be called "List of Sources" or "References")
It is placed at the end of the essay or assignment.  more ...

In-text citations - a brief note (author, date) to show which source you are using in your writing.
It is placed inside brackets at the end of the sentence, or below a quotation.
The full citation must be listed in your bibliography at the end.  more ...

Annotated bibliography same as a regular bibliography, but with notes added.
Each citation is followed by a brief description of the content, quality, and usefulness of the source.  more ...