Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017     Views: 14003

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.


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