Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism through
Critical Thinking and Research
This guide is intended to give a quick overview of skills you can
adopt to foster academic integrity in your own scholarship. Pointers
are given to other VAIL guides for a more thorough treatment of
some of the suggestions offered.
Simply said the first and most important tips are to...
- Respect the intellectual sweat of others. This means
giving credit for work that is not your own and ensuring you cite
others' works both within, and at the end, of your paper or project.
- Know your campus and departmental policies on academic integrity,
academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism. This can usually be
found in your student handbook, your course syllabus or sometimes
posted online in student services resources. Ask a campus representative
for assistance. For more on academic integrity policies see the
guide on Academic Policies.
- Thinking About the
- The Research Phase
- Your Drafts & Final
- Group Work
- Reviewing Your Sources