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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism Research Guide

This guide Will help You understand the vocabulary used when talking about plagiriarism, the six main types of plagiarism and how to properly cite your sources.

Do You Know What these Terms Mean?


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6 Key Terms That are Commonly Used When Speaking About Plagiarism

  • Common Knowledge. Something your average reader would understand as a fact without needing to look it up. Example: "Post Malone is a musical artist"
  • Attribution. Giving Someone Credit For their work. Example: "The Picture on this box has an attribution to the photographer underneath it". 
  • Paraphrasing. Putting another persons concept or work into your own words. 
  • Academic Dishonesty. Falsification or misrepresentation of someone elses work as your own. Examples: "Not attributing a direct work, Attributing to work that does not exist or paraphrasing without attributing"
  • Academic Integrity. Your commitment as a scholar to honest and moral behavior...even if no one will know the different. Example: "Acknowledging the contribution that anyone has had in the creation of your work or responding to a test question"
  • Intellectual Property. A unique creation of the mind. Examples: "A song, a literary work, or an invention...even someone elses tweet will need to be attributed when used in your own work"