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Academic Integrity Canvas Course & Badge
As a University of Pittsburgh student, you are expected to adhere to certain standards of academic integrity. To learn about those standards, the University Library System has developed a few short Academic Integrity modules in Canvas. You will learn about Pitt guidelines on plagiarism, honesty, ownership of intellectual property, and scholastically appropriate behavior established by the academic community and the University of Pittsburgh. The modules will explain these concepts in more detail. After you have reviewed the modules, you will take a quiz on all the aspects that you learned. When you complete the quiz successfully, with a score of 80% or more, you can sign up to receive a Credly badge.
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Pitt's Plagiarism Policy
Each of the academic units of the University of Pittsburgh expect students to follow a similar code of academic integrity recommended by the Provost's office.
"A student has an obligation to exhibit honesty and to respect the ethical standards of the academy in carrying out his or her academic assignments. Without limiting the application of this principle, a student may be found to have violated this obligation if he or she:  Presents as one's own, for academic evaluation, the ideas, representations, or words of another person or persons without customary and proper acknowledgment of sources." (University of Pittsburgh, 2009, p. 6)
University of Pittsburgh. (2009). Guidelines on Academic Integrity. "Academic Integrity: Student Obligations". Web accessed June 11, 2015.
What is Plagiarism?
الأدب ية ال سرق ة
Take good notes
- While researching, be sure to take note of important quotes and passages that you think you might use in your paper.
- Note the citation information--the author, title, and page number, so that you can easily cite it in your paper.
- Develop a system of note-taking that works for you.
- "Any time you use words from another source, such as a Web site, book, journal article, or even a friend's English paper, you must give proper credt to the source.
- Even if you don't use someone else's words, but you refer to an idea of concept from another source, you must also give credit.
- 'Citing your sources' means giving all of the information about your source, such as author, title, and date of publication, so someone else can find that source again." (Penn State, 2012)
Use quotes effectively
- "If you use someone else's exact words, you need to put those words in quotation marks. Changing a few words here and there is not enough to avoid plagiarism. Either put the exact phrase you are quoting in quotation marks, or rewrite it entirely in your own words.
- Quoting extensively from another source, even if you do it properly, is not appropriate for a research paper. Use quotations to support your arguments or clarify important points, but create your own argument using your own words." (Penn State, 2012)
- "In a paraphrase, you rewrite what someone else has said in your own way. Just as you have a personality that is different from everyone else's, you as a writer have your own voice and style. When you write, even when you are paraphrasing, your writing should sound like it came from you, not from someone else." (Penn State, 2012)
Penn State. (2012). Plagiarism & You. Online document. Retrieved June 10, 2015, from <https://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/students/using_information.html>
What Is Plagiarism? (n.d.) Retrieved June 10, 2015, from <http://plagiarism.org/citing-sources/whats-a-citation>