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Academic Integrity: 10 Key Tips for Students
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- Do read your college's Academic Integrity Policy and follow the rules. Lack of awareness or unintentionally breaking rules is not an excuse for plagiarism.
- Don't copy work from websites like Course Hero or Chegg, and don't upload your coursework to the Internet for others to copy.
- Don't ask others to research and/or write your assignments for you. Whether you pay for this service or not, it's cheating.
- Don't use a source's words without quoting or sufficiently paraphrasing them.
- Don't use Internet paraphrasing, citing, and/or referencing tools to do your work for you. Use them only as a guide and model for correct paraphrasing, citing, and/or referencing.
- Do make an appointment with your college's writing center so you can practice thoroughly paraphrasing source material. It's a skill that will pay off in all of your classes!
- Do give credit where it's due: Always cite your sources, whether you quote, summarize, or paraphrase them.
- Don't resubmit your own work for one class to another class without the permission of both instructors.
- Do follow your instructor's rules for whether already prepared notes, phones, digital devices, or collaboration with others are allowed for exams.
- Do take plagiarism and cheating seriously — they can lead to failing an assignment, failing a course, or even being suspended or expelled. It isn't worth the risk!