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Academic Integrity


It is very important that you understand how to use your research responsibly and honestly in your writing. This section on Academic Integrity & Plagiarism provides you with resources to help you understand what plagiarism is and learn how to avoid it.

Also see: Citing Sources for guidelines on how to cite sources responsibly in different disciplines.


Montclair State University Academic Dishonesty Policy
An excerpt from the University Code of Conduct that explains Montclair State’s academic dishonesty policy.

Montclair State University Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: A Student Guide(Montclair State University First-Year Writing Program)
Includes the First-Year Writing Program’s plagiarism policy, resources to help you avoid plagiarism and information on documentation.


Episode 12: Plagiarism (The Writing Irregulars, Northern Virginia Community College). Last Modified: May 7, 2009 | length 14:41. iTunesU
Podcast by three writing professors at Northern Virginia Community College that discusses the issues surrounding plagiarism college students face.

Guidelines for Fair Use (Purdue OWL)
“This handout provides a few general guidelines about fair use policies and copyright laws but no concrete legal advice. Anyone dealing with a specific legal issue or dilemma should contact a lawyer. Anyone making decisions about using multimedia in a class project should first consult the usage policy of their school or institution. The US Copyright Act contains relevant but complex sections that can inform teachers and students making a decision.”

How to Recognize Plagiarism: Tutorials and Tests (Indiana University) “Learn how to recognize plagiarism, test your understanding, and earn a certificate.”

Intellectual Property (National Juris University)
Provides an overview of working with scholarly information, with a discussion of intellectual property, plagiarism, paraphrasing/quoting, copyright, fair use, and working with style manuals.

Plagiarism Spectrum Drill-Down (
“This webcast examines the Top 5 types of plagiarism (both intentional and unintentional), highlighting specific examples and presenting strategies for improving student awareness.”

Plagiarism 101 – What is Plagiarism? (
Defines plagiarism and gives examples.

What is Plagiarism? (Rutgers University Paul Robeson Library) (Video)
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Posted on YouTube: November 13, 2007 | length 2:17
This video is an educational parody of a typical classic 50’s classroom environment. It is part of a 3-part series. Part 1 is “What is Plagiarism?” (2:17) Part 2 is “Plagiarism: Real Life Examples” (2:26) and Part 3 is “The Cite is Right: The Quiz Show” (2:03). There is also a non-interactive video quiz associated with these episodes “Plagiarism Quiz (final part)” (2:56)


Academic Integrity Tutorial (York University)
A tutorial that explains and demonstrates the issues involved in academic integrity. The tutorial provides case studies and a handy academic integrity checklist.

Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue OWL)
“There are few intellectual offenses more serious than plagiarism in academic and professional contexts. This resource offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism in your work.”

Plagiarism Tutorial (Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University) “In the following pages you will find information on the different forms of plagiarism, proper scholarly procedure and links to helpful web sites. Following this information is an interactive exercise.”