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    Do you ever feel like you’re being asked to do the impossible?

    • Show you have done your researchBut – Write something new and original
    • Appeal to experts and authorities – But – Improve upon, or disagree with experts and authorities
    • Improve your English by mimicking what you hear and readButUse your own words, your own voice
    • Give credit where credit is due – But – Make your own significant contribution

    (WAC Clearinghouse, OWL at Purdue)

    If so, that’s not surprising. These principles are often called:

    With practice you can learn to follow these principles more easily:

    We have gathered some tools here to help you build your knowledge and expertise about proper use and attribution of resources in your writing. Also, never forget that you are not alone. You have many other resources:

    You Be the Judge: Plagiarism scenarios you can ponder to learn more about the complexity of issues involved. The current practice scenarios and survey questions are provided by one of our graduate students, who did a research project on student perspectives on academic honesty in the digital age in early 2009.

    Please work through the survey and recording your judgments anonymously. This will also help us improve the university’s instruction in this area.

    Understanding Plagiarism: An overview on the importance of proper attribution from U.C. Berkeley.

    When Do We Give Credit?

    Safe Practices

    UAA Academic Integrity Tutorial: This interactive online tutorial with a final self-test will teach you how to avoid plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Be sure you view this in Firefox.

    Plagiarism 101: How to Write Term Papers Without Being Sucked into the Black Hole