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Plagiarism: Introduction

This guide will help you understand what plagiarism is and provide you with tips for avoiding plagiarism.



Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of someone else as if they are your own words, without crediting the original writer.

Visit the Madonna University Writing Center’s Plagiarism page to learn more about plagiarism in academic writing!

True and False about Plagiarism

Academic integrity is the commitment of students, professors, and staff at academic institutions to demonstrate honest behavior in academic settings. This includes acknowledging the contributions of others in your work and refraining from committing plagiarism. The consequences for violating academic integrity can be very serious, including suspension or expulsion.

Academic Integrity Components

Madonna University calls this Scholastic Integrity and Research Integrity in the Undergraduate Catalog. The catalog states that “When a student uses the words, ideas, or information of another person or source without correctly giving credit to that source, he or she is violating the ethical code of Madonna University” (Madonna University, 2019).