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Exploring Academic Integrity - A Self-Guided Tutorial

A tutorial to guide you through the concepts of Academic Integrity and your obligations as a student.

2 - Attribution

What is attribution?

Attribution, fundamentally, is about “giving credit where credit is due.” By acknowledging (through citation) where information comes from, you:

  • show respect for the intellectual work of those who came before and,
  • provide credibility and build a firm foundation for your new arguments and ideas.

Attribution is a scholarly habit of mind that everyone can and should cultivate. You are engaging in the scholarly conversation when you keep track of where you find information and properly cite your sources in your final product--everything from a final paper to a thesis, a presentation to a website.

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