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University Writing Center: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

What Is Plagiarism?

Cutting and pasting from a website. Putting sentences from a paper you are reading into your own paper without giving credit to the original author. Copying a classmate's paper. Using a thesaurus to swap in words with similar meanings into a sentence from a paper you want to use. Reusing your own work without getting permission to do so. 

All of these items are examples of plagiarism. Plagiarism, in essence, is a form of stealing. It is dishonest. It can be avoided.

The resources on this page are all here to help you understand what plagiarism and self-plagiarism are, how to avoid plagiarism and self-plagiarism, how to paraphrase appropriately, and how to give credit where credit is due. 

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism

Plagiarism and self-plagiarism are addressed in the APA 7 manual in Sections 1.17, 8.2, 8.3, and 12.13. Students should make themselves familiar with these sections.

Proper Use of Sources Tutorial

In instances where the misuse of sources warrants action beyond a warning, a student will be required to participate in the UWC’s Proper Use of Sources tutorial, which is available by referral only.

The process is:

  • Turnitin scores or faculty assessment indicate the need for intervention to instruct a student to properly use sources and avoid suspicion of plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
  • A student is notified of the assessment through course email and/or ATSU email and is asked to contact the UWC and complete the tutorial.
  • A student contacts the UWC and is sent the Proper Use of Sources tutorial, which has three steps:
  1. Complete assigned readings;
  2. Complete skills building activities; and
  3. Rewrite/revise the assignment that prompted the offense and submit for a reduced grade.

After completing the UWC Proper Use of Sources tutorial, any significant, subsequent occurrence may have adverse academic consequences.


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