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Academic Integrity

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.

Deliberate Plagiarism Accidental Plagiarism
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.

Avoiding Plagiarism

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 library@sutd.edu.sg if you need training)

View our training materials and guides as follows:

  Avoid Plagiarism

Citations and Plagiarism

APA Style Guide Cheat Sheet: A one page document containing the essentials of APA style with examples of in-text citation and reference list

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.
Additional Readings

Source Type Source Call No. or URL Notes
Book Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010. Print. BF76.7 PUB The authoritative guidelines on APA style by American Psychological Association
Book 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
eBook Neville, C. (2007). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Click here A eBook on how to cite and avoid plagiarism
eBook Murray, R., & Moore, S. (2006). The handbook of academic writing a fresh approach. Maidenhead, England: McGraw-Hill. Click here This book defines what academic writing is, and explains the process of getting started through to completion
eBook Creme, P., & Lea, M. R. (2008). Writing at university a guide for students (3rd ed.). Buckingham: Open University Press. Click here 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.
Web Resource APA Quick Citation Guide by Penn State University Libraries Click here This document explains how to cite different types of sources using APA style with illustrative examples

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