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International Academy Library Resources: Academic Dishonesty & Avoiding Plagiarism

This research guide is designed to support the International Academy across all programs.

Academic Dishonesty

A major part of Academic Integrity is ensuring that the work you do is free from cheating, unauthorized collaborations, and other forms of academic dishonesty. The following tutorial will help you understand how to avoid academic dishonesty.  

 

 

What is Plagiarism?

Another important issue in Academic Integrity is the use of other people's work without properly acknowledging the source of the original idea.  

Plagiarism occurs when you use someone else's idea(s) without giving them credit.

Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing Examples - This useful guide provides you with examples of acceptable paraphrasing
Retrieved on May 14, 2018 from https://integrity.mit.edu/handbook/academic-writing/avoiding-plagiarism-paraphrasing, MIT Academic Integrity: Paraphrasing.

Develop a Plan

With a good plan, you can avoid accidentally plagiarizing on an assignment:

Make sure you do the following:

1) Read and understand the assignment - If you don't understand something, ask your instructor to clarify

2) Select a topic/brainstorm - Find a topic that is of interest to you and brainstorm ideas or words around that topic

3) Plan a research strategy/do background research - Ask yourself questions about your topic and find key terms, dates, names to help you find basic information on your topic

4) Organize your note-taking structure - Determine how you will take your notes while researching. Will you write your notes on index cards? Will you type your notes on your computer?  Stick to one system of note-taking and stay organized. 

5) Gather research and take notes - As you do research, be sure to document everything so that you know where you've gotten your information from.