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Understanding academic integrity will spare all concerned much heartache. Knowing something about copyright, citing sources correctly and what constitutes plagiarism is necessary to advance in the life of the University.

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Plagiarism Made Plain

  • Plagiarism involves theft and fraud.  It is using another person's scholarly or creative work by acting as if it is your own work.  Did you originally create it or just find it somewhere?  Charges of plagiarism are taken seriously.
  • Not knowing or unintentional plagiarism is still plagiarism. 
  • Universities and colleges proceed with care in each case. 
  • Students, faculty, and even university presidents have been accused of committing plagiarism in the academic world.  Consequences can be far-reaching.
  • Plagiarism can be avoided  by citing the source!  Whenever you quote (use another's exact words) or paraphrase (describe another's ideas in your own words), give attribution to the original creator of that intellectual property.  Cite sources using the citation style faculty require.

Invest time in learning how to cite sources correctly to prevent plagiarism.  

Read:  What is Plagiarism? -

See:  Academic Integrity - Miami University Guide

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Miami University - Academic Integrity

1.5.B.2 Acts of Academic Integrity, Written and other assignments - the Miami University Student Handbook 

b. Plagiarism: presenting as one’s own the work, the ideas, the representations, or the words of another person/source without proper attribution.
Also see Miami University's Academic Integrity website. 

Learn more about citations in Credo Videos & Tutorials