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Biography Research: Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

Plagiarism Quiz

Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

1 First, use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas that should be the focus.
2 Use the ideas of others sparingly--only to support or reinforce your own argument.
3 When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.
4 Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
5 A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent your being too dependent upon your sources.

From the U. of Idaho, CORE, Module 6

IB Ethical Practice

Ethical Practice in the IB Programme

  1. Directly quoting another person’s actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

Concordian Academic Honesty Policy

Academic Integrity & Plagiarism


Figure: Should I Cite? flowchart accessed 13 Oct 2017 at
Reprinted with permission from University Library Service, Cardiff University.

Why to Cite:

  • Give credit to the authors of the sources you used.
  • Provide evidence you did research -- good, credible sources give your work more authority.
  • Allows your reader to locate the sources you used.
  • Avoid plagiarism.

When to Cite:

You should cite a source if you reproducequoteparaphrase, or summarize ideas and/or media created by other individuals. 

When in doubt, cite!

Plagiarism Has Consequences

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Types of Plagiarism

Image about self-plagiarismClick image for source.

Plagiarism may not seem like a big deal, but there can be some severe and/or long lasting effects:

  • Failing grade (assignment and/or course)
  • Note on transcript for academic dishonesty
  • Loss of financial aid
  • Academic probation or expulsion
  • Limited career opportunities (can become a barrier to getting a job or can cause loss of employment)

There are many different ways to plagiarize, including self-plagiarism.


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Avoiding the Traps


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Creative Commons

Take advantage of Creative Commons licensing:

Many of you create innovative photography, artwork, music, and writing. You also want to put it out there and share it with the world, but you also want to keep your ownership of it. Well, there are ways to keep control over your work while at the same time sharing it. 

Creative Commons may be the perfect place to put your work out there to be shared, credited, and remixed by like-minded folks. Read on...

"What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of 'all rights reserved' to 'some rights reserved.'

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs."

So, if you have an interest in licensing your own work, this may be the tool for you.

Watch this video to get a better sense of how CC works.

Thank you!

A big "thank you" to the Librarians at the Chinese International School in Hong Kong, for the use of some of their resources in this page!