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Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is presenting others' work, ideas and more as one's own. This includes the following:

  • Words / sentence combinations from other sources
  • Research results
  • Creative products (images, photos, etc.)
  • Graphs / charts
  • and more

Plagiarism can also occur when you do not cite your own previously published work.

Note: One exception is facts aka common knowledge. For example, you do not need to cite: the earth is round.

How to Avoid Plagiarism?

To avoid plagiarizing, you must cite your sources.

You must attribute ownership to the original creator of a resource, even when you do not see copyright-protection notice.

Tutorial: What is academic dishonesty (including plagiarism) and how can I avoid it?

Why Cite?

Why Cite Others?

  1. Shows you did your job. Validate your hard work!
  2. Give others credit for their work
  3. Stealing: severe consequences
  4. Join “Scholarly Communication”
  5. You help others find resources you consulted when others perform research that builds on your work

Review this interactive tutorial on citing others

AI and Large Language Models

Collaboration with ChatGPT or other AI large language model is not allowed unless otherwise stated by your instructor.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbot Errors

Large language models (LLMs) are an interesting innovation. However, they are not always accurate, for example LLMs:

  1. Have hidden biases 
  2. Fabricate facts
  3. Fabricate references/citations
  4. Fabricate controlled vocabulary when searching databases
  5. and more

Therefore, you must independently verify the accuracy of information provided by LLMs.


If you use AI, the following resources will help you ethically report your use

Resources and further reading

Last updated October 11, 2023