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In the university environment, we are continually engaged with other people's ideas: we read them in texts, hear them in lecture, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into our own writing. Using information sources in an ethical manner and avoiding plagiarism is important both from the standpoint of personal integrity but also to meet University of Arizona expectations and requirements in regards to academic integrity.
[Adapted from: Plagiarism; What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It. By The Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.]
In this module you will learn how to:
Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty. It is defined as using another person's ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.
The following are three differences between plagiarism and copyright infringement (Stearns, 1999):
Stearns, Laurie. "Copy Wrong: Plagiarism, Process, Property, and the Law." in Perspectives on Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in a Postmodern World. Eds. Lise Buranen and Alice Myers Roy. State University of New York Press, 1999. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). EBSCO. Web. 27 Oct. 2011.
Read Stanley Fish's op-ed piece in the New York Times titled "Plagiarism is Not a Big Moral Deal."
Although some students and even professors may not think plagiarism is a big deal, the University of Arizona takes the issue of academic integrity very seriously. The Code of Academic Integrity from the Dean of Students Office states:
"Integrity and ethical behavior are expected of every student in all academic work. This Academic Integrity principle stands for honesty in all class work, and ethical conduct in all labs and clinical assignments."