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Practicing Academic Integrity by Understanding Plagiarism

When writers give credit to sources, they are practicing academic integrity. If writers do not give credit to sources, whether intentionally or not, this is considered plagiarism. 

What is Plagiarism?


Plagiarism is presenting other people’s ideas as your own. It is a serious offense against academic and personal integrity that could result in academic discipline including a failing grade or expulsion. Plagiarism can happen intentionally as well as unintentionally, so it is important for you to understand UMGC’s Philosophy of Academic Integrity and Policy on Academic Integrity. Understanding the expectations of academic integrity is the first step to making it part of your process.   

Click on the items below for tips for practicing academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism.

Tips for Practicing Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism

Key Takeaway

Plagiarism means presenting other people’s material as your own and is considered academic misconduct regardless of intention. 

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