Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

Tips for Maintaining Integrity in Your Written Assignments

"There is a difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him."
-Benjamin Franklin

Students are continually engaged with other people’s ideas: you read them in textbooks, hear them in lectures, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into your own writing.

It is critical that you give credit where it is due. Using another’s ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information is considered academic dishonesty, specifically plagiarism.

Remember that in all academic assignments, writing is assumed to be the original words and thoughts of the student unless the reader is told otherwise (i.e., material from other sources is clearly and properly cited).

You should re-read what you have written and ask yourself: can my reader tell which ideas belong to whom? Am I clear about how I have used others' ideas in service to my own inquiry?

Paying attention to academic integrity will benefit you in the long run because thinking about it will help improve your writing.