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Academic integrity requires all to uphold the honor code by being honest and acting responsibly in their written works and academic assignments.
Academic integrity is demonstrated by giving due recognition and acknowledgement to ideas of others and their works.
Hence Academic Integrity requires that you:
- produce an original piece of work
- accurately Cite the sources used as reference in writing your paper
- avoid copying and paraphrasing which is deemed plagiarism and amounts to cheating
- uphold high ethical principles with integrity in your academic studies
- be responsible and take responsibilities for what you do
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism refers to the act of presenting someone else’s work and passing it off as one’s own. There are different types of plagiarism as listed below.
|Copy & paste from someone else's writing
||Ignorance of the need for citation
|Take chunks of other people’s work and change a few words
||Fail to paraphrase properly
|Style plagiarism: follow the reasoning style of a source exactly
||Fail to cite properly due to ignorance on the concept of common knowledge
|Idea plagiarism: use other people’s creative idea as your own without proper citation
||Self-plagiarism: reuse the same work twice for different assignments, or reuse your own previous work without proper citation
|Consequences of Plagiarism
Be it deliberate or accidental, plagiarism is considered as a serious offense in SUTD. Students found guilty of plagiarizing
face severe penalties including failure of a subject, suspension or in the worst case, expulsion from the university.
Do not cut & paste: use your own words
Never cut and paste information directly into your own essay. If you want to use ideas from a certain source,
make sure you understand and paraphrase the ideas in your own proper words. Don’t forget to cite the sources after paraphrasing.
Always cite the sources properly
This is most crucial in avoiding plagiarism. You often consult different sources of information (articles, books, videos etc)
to gather ideas and information to assist you in writing your essay. All these sources that you make reference to, must be properly
cited with an appropriate citation style as requested by your professor, such as APA, MLA, Harvard etc.
You can learn the APA style with the citation guide books in SUTD library (see Additional Readings). It is also recommended
that you use a citation manager software to manage and generate your citations in an efficient manner.
In addition, contact the library team who conduct regular trainings on Cite It Right and Avoid Plagiarism.
(Email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need training)
View our training materials and guides as follows:
Keep track of the sources you have used in your essay
You will probably use a lot of resources in your writing. Make sure that you keep track of the sources right from the beginning.
If not, you may have difficulty recalling later about which was the article or book your idea or example came from.
To avoid this, you should add in citations continuously as you are writing your essay.
Alternatively, create a separate document to keep track of the sources with annotations and research notes.
Word of Caution
It is important to note that faculty may use software such as Turnitin, a web-based plagiarism management tool,
to validate submission of written works and assist in identification and avoidance of plagiarism.
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||Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.
|| BF76.7 PUB
||The authoritative guidelines on APA style by American Psychological Association
||Houghton, P. M., Houghton, T. J., & Pratt, M. M. (2009). APA: the easy way! (2nd ed.). Flint, Mich.: Baker College.
||Available at SUTD library
||Learn APA style in a simple and easy-to-understand manner
||Neville, C. (2007). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
||A eBook on how to cite and avoid plagiarism
||Murray, R., & Moore, S. (2006). The handbook of academic writing a fresh approach. Maidenhead, England: McGraw-Hill.
||This book defines what academic writing is, and explains the process of getting started through to completion
||Creme, P., & Lea, M. R. (2008). Writing at university a guide for students (3rd ed.). Buckingham: Open University Press.
||The book looks at an array of writing projects, including essays, reports and dissertations,
and analyzes what is expected of each form of assignment with illustrative examples.
||APA Quick Citation Guide by Penn State University Libraries
||This document explains how to cite different types of sources using APA style with illustrative examples