Integrity and Plagiarism
is the ultimate form of academic
dishonesty. It is trying to pass
someone else's work and/or words off as your own.
students realize that they are not supposed to
quote from another
author's work without citing him/her.
But a lot of students do not realize that paraphrasing
another author without citing
that author is also plagiarism.
is when you take
someone else's thoughts and restate them in your
own words. In paraphrasing, although
the words are your own, the ideas are someone
else's. Therefore, if you do not cite the author
you are paraphrasing, you are guilty of plagiarism.
if I have a lot of citations, doesn't it look
like I haven't done any of my own thinking?
need to be sure to include
your own analysis because you
should be actively contributing to the academic
"conversation." However, scholarship
is ultimately a communal
in doubt, cite your source.
It is better to look unoriginal than to look dishonest.
more information, look at American
University's Academic Integrity Code.