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Achieving Academic Honesty: Avoiding Plagiarism: What Is
Academic Honesty?

This guide helps students learn proper citation format for resources according to various style guides.

In other words...

When you borrow the words or ideas from another person (even if it is only a couple of words), always cite your sources. A good rule of thumb is that if your thoughts were inspired by something you read, heard, or saw, then it's a good idea to go ahead and give credit where credit is due (to the writer, speaker, or creator).

Understanding plagiarism

How should I use this guide?

1. Ask your professor which style manual they want you to follow. They will probably tell you to use one of the big three: MLA, APA, or Turabian (Chicago). Make sure that you know the style manual your professor wants you to use before you start citing your sources.

2. Once you know which style manual to follow, click through the tabs above and locate the format the matches the one your professor has assigned.

3. Pay close attention to the instructions given on the guide. When it comes to proper citations, everything matters--even punctuation! So be sure to look carefully before you submit your assignment.

4. As always, ask for help when you are stuck or confused! Your professor will know exactly what is expected. The tutors in the AUM Learning Center are experts at avoiding plagiarism and are here to help you!

What is academic honesty?

Auburn University Montgomery believes in helping students achieve excellence through their academic pursuits. Academic honesty is a cornerstone to that belief.

What is academic integrity?

According to the AUM Student Handbook, all students who attend AUM agree to following the Student Academic Honesty Code, which includes rules that are "designed to support the interests of Auburn University at Montgomery and its students and faculty, in maintaining the honesty and integrity essential to and inherent in an academic institution" (Spring 2017, p. 65).

What does that have to do with my assignments?

Well, when it comes to your classwork and the Student Academic Honesty Code, the handbook is again very clear. It is academic dishonest when students choose to submit: 

...themes, essays, term papers, design projects, theses, and dissertations, similar requirements, or parts thereof, that is not the work of the student submitting them. Plagiarism is a violation of this code. When the ideas of another are incorporated into an academic exercise, they must be appropriately acknowledged. In starkest terms, plagiarism is stealing: using the words or ideas of another as if they were one's own. For example, if another person's complete sentence, syntax, key words or the specific or unique ideas and information are used, one must give that person credit through proper documentation or recognition (e.g., through the use of footnotes).

Student Academic Honesty Code, II.E, (Spring 2017, p. 65)


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