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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

Tips to Avoid Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

1. Learn how to use different techniques for paraphrasing and citing others’ ideas.

 
2. Teachers want to hear your voice: Paraphrase others’ ideas in our own voice. Show teachers what and how you think.
 
3. Read and re-read a text for full understanding of the author(s)’ meaning before writing your own paraphrase.
 
 
5. Synonyms have similar, but NOT THE SAME, meaning: replacing single words with synonyms may change the meaning of the original and is not the same as paraphrasing. AVOID RELYING ON GOOGLE TRANSLATE; rather, use a dictionary to find the meaning and use of words.
 
6. Record your voice when rephrasing the source information; this is sometimes called the sharing technique.
 
7. Follow careful note-taking techniques:
Keep clear notes that show if the individual note is a paraphrase or quote.
Do not look directly at the original when making your notes.
Do not delay keeping track of reference information; keep a clear and correctly formatted reference list throughout the writing process.                                                                                                                                                                           
 
8. When writing,
never cut and paste text to create a paragraph and/or section of your paper;
make an outline to use as a guide;
use your own language as much as possible throughout the entire paper;
only use direct quotations when the idea could not be said any differently and when the quote fits with your own reasoning and context; and
always introduce a quote before using it in the text.                                                                                                                                                                            
Videos
Watch this 1-minute video for a simple, easy tip to avoid plagiarism and academic dishonesty.
uAlbertaDoS. (2013, December 18). Plagiarism rap (cite your sources) [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT6S4ERI0o8&t=56s