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Copyright: Anti-Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • use (another's production) without crediting the source

How Plagiarism Can Happen

Many reasons this happens:

  • Poor time management
  • Unsure how to cite or what needs to be cited
  • Complicated citation rules and guidelines
  • Desire to get a good grade or to obtain premier job opportunities
  • After note taking, not remembering the words are not your own

More Information

Consult with a librarian or your professors on what to cite as well as how to cite.

Read about citation styles in:

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for knowing and understanding what constitutes plagiarism, unintentional or not.

Basic instructions on citing:

  • A direct quote from someone else's work requires quotation marks around it and a citation
  • Paraphrasing from someone else's work requires a citation
  • Referring to a previous study requires a citation

Places where you might find data you are required to cite:

  • Electronic article(s)
  • Print journal article(s)
  • Web page(s)
  • Drug monographs from electronic databases

Librarians are available to work with you so you are informed about the citation and research process.

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Use quotes when you use verbatim parts of another authors work and cite that source
  • When you refer to previous work by other researchers, cite the original source using the correct formatting style
  • Cite yourself if you are using material you presented previously
  • Learn and use the style guidelines used by your program
  • Use reference management software to make citing quick and easy!

What Makes Up a Citation?

Citations are located in the text of an article, paper, manuscript or book. It is called an in-text citation.

In-text citation:

  • A number, an author, or author-date format

Reference list:

  • Located at the end of the work. Helps the reader locate the original work
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Academic Integrity

The MWU Student Handbook explains "Academic Honesty" in Appendices 1-4. Plagiarism is an act of Academic Misconduct.

Plagiarism: Presenting as one's own the work of another, including AI (artificial intelligence) generated work, without proper acknowledgement; deceitful practice, utilizing a substitute or acting as a substitute in any academic evaluation, of knowingly permitting one's work to be submitted by another person without the instructor's authorization.

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