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CITING YOUR SOURCES: Plagiarism FAQs
Resources to help you properly cite using MLA, APA, and other style formats.
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WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?
To plagiarize is...
TO STEAL AND PASS OFF (THE IDEAS OR WORDS OF ANOTHER) AS ONE'S OWN; USE WITHOUT CREDITING THE SOURCE.
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed.
"Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty" are defined in the UH systemwide Student Conduct Code policy [IV.B.1]:
Cheating is an act of academic dishonesty and includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the UH faculty, staff or student body; and (4) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.
Plagiarism is also an act of academic dishonesty and includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
Information Ethics: Plagiarism & Copyright [7:32]
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Students will take plagiarism seriously and understand its consequences with this timely and effective supplement. A brief essential guide to citing sources using both MLA and APA documentation styles is also included.
This helpful guide explains the principles of academic integrity in a clear, straightforward way and shows students how to apply them in all academic situations—from paper writing and independent research to study groups and lab work.