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Using Information Responsibly: Avoiding Plagiarism

A guide and tutorials on how to properly give credit for your sources.
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What is the Big Deal About Saying Where I Found This Information?

What is plagiarism?

It is important to always say where you found your information, as otherwise you could be guilty of plagiarizing (using someone's ideas or thoughts without giving them credit). Plagiarism is a big deal and is wrong. It could also have very serious consequences, such as a failing grade on your assignment or the class, or getting fired in a work situation.

In the interactive tutorial linked below, Principles of Plagiarism: An Overview, you will learn what the terms "academic integrity" and "plagiarism" mean at National American University:

How to avoid plagiarism and its consequences:

  • Quote information 
  • Paraphrase information 
  • Summarize information
  • Analyze information from other people in your writing
  • Recognize the importance of giving credit to the work of others.

Use these techniques in discussion posts, PowerPoints, assignments, and papers in order to achieve success at NAU!

In the left column of this Guide, the four tutorials will show you how to avoid plagiarism and its consequences.

The four tutorials will all open in a new window. Click on any section title in the left navigation bar to launch that tutorial topic.


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