Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: Mar 10, 2017 Views: 6133
Any time a writer uses another source’s information, he or she must give credit to that source.
- Academic integrity is about giving credit to the original authors of information that you replicate or use.
- Plagiarism occurs if you do not give credit to the original author(s) of a source.
Plagiarism is not always intentional. Citing your sources properly and completely is essential to avoiding unintentional plagiarism. Any time you use information that is not originally yours, even if you are paraphrasing information from sources (see more information on strong paraphrasing on the Writing Center's website), you must include a citation.
- If you are new to citations, take a look at some examples of citations.
- See how to best cite your sources when you use evidence.
- Learn how to avoid plagiarism with various self-paced plagiarism prevention modules.
- View the archived webinar "Using and Crediting Sources in APA" to understand why and how to cite sources.
- Read the blog post "Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism" to learn why citing sources is necessary.
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