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Information and best practices on avoiding plagiarism in academic writing.

Avoiding Plagiarism


This guide can be a starting point meant to inform users about the different types of intentional and unintentional plagiarism and the benefits of avoiding them.

In addition to this guide, it's recommended KUMC researchers review KUMC's intellectual property policy as well as the Office of Integrity and Compliance's statement on Research Integrity and Research Misconduct.

Always Cite

Whenever a user is directly (ex. with quotes) or indirectly (ex. with paraphrasing) using information from another source they should cite the source. This includes:

  • A quoted phrase from another writer or speaker
  • Notes, experiments, surveys, data, lit reviews, interviews, or anything else that is used to create an assignment or finished product that is ready for submission
  • Generally anything that is printed, spoken, or sung

There is no penalty for being cautious by including more citations so it's best practice to attribute your information sources whenever you can.

Note: An academic writer must always cite their sources, even when the source is themself. If they are referring to one of their previously published works in their writing that work must be cited just like any other publication.

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