When you borrow the words or ideas from another person (even if it is only a couple of words), 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).
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).