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Writing in Economics - Oakland Campus: Understanding Plagiarism

This guide is designed to assist students in the economics department and others writing research papers with an economic or socio-economic focus.

Plagiarism Tutorial

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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."

This is considered violated if the student "(p)resents as one's own, for academic evaluation, the ideas, representations, or words of another person or persons without customary and proper acknowledgment of sources."


Please be aware that plagiarism is a major concern for the University community. Students' written work must be their own.  When using ideas that are not your own in your writing, you must cite those ideas.

Proper citations are a critical component of avoiding plagiarism, but there is more to watch out for.  Have a look at the library's tutorial, "Avoiding Plagiarism," then please ask a librarian or a professor if you have any more questions about plagiarism.

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