Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
UAMS’ five colleges have individual Codes of Academic Integrity. An Honor Code is a signed contract from students’ to uphold standards of academic conduct and perform honest work. Please consult your College’s Code and Honor Council for more information about definitions of plagiarism, academic honesty, and consequences of violations.
When writing a research paper, you must identify published, peer-reviewed evidence to support a topic. This is done by citing research articles, diagnostic resources, statistical data, clinical textbook entries, government agency resources, and other relevant sources in your paper or presentation. It is important to understand how to give credit to other researchers and their work in order to provide a path of evidence to support your claim, and to avoid unintentional plagiarism. The following are some strategies and resources to help you properly cite evidence and avoid intentional and unintentional plagiarism.
Writing examples using direct quotes and paraphrasing.
Using Online Resources
All Internet resources are copyrighted unless there is a clear statement of free copyright; however, regardless of copyright, each source should be cited in papers and presentations. Even if the resource does not have a documented statement about use, it is still protected under copyright law. Most U.S. federal government documents online are in the public domain, which means they can be used and distributed freely; however, they still must be cited properly when used.
Refer to the UAMS copyright guide for information about “fair use” of copyrighted material for educational purposes.
Books at the UAMS Library
Callahan, D. (2004). The Cheating Culture: Why more Americans are Doing Wrong to get Ahead. Orlando: Harcourt. HF 5387 C130c 2004.
Lipson, C. (2004). Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. PN 171.F56 L669d 2004.
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