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Common Misconceptions

As a student, you probably often hear a lot of things about what is considered academic integrity and what is not. The following are some examples of common misconceptions that many people have about that are not true. Read on to learn what is considered appropriate alternatives to these myths about AI:

1.   If I paraphrase or slightly alter the wording from a source, I do not have to give credit.
This is not true because if you take anyone's ideas and use it as your own argument or to support your argument, you must give appropriate credit. If you are unsure of how, click here or ask your instructor to get help. 

2.   As long as I provide a citation when I copy something, that is not plagiarizing.
Providing a citation is a good start, but you must add quotation marks if you are copying someone's idea, word for word.

3.   I am allowed to re-submit previous assignments since I own them.
Although this may seem logical, it is prohibited and is known to be an act of "self-plagiarism". If you truly feel that your previous work is related, talk to your instructor to see if s/he will allow you to re-submit it or revise it for an alternate submission.

4.   My instructor did not ask for my sources, so I don’t need to include any.
Just because your instructor did not ask for them, it is not a legitimate excuse to not give proper credit. You may still be found charged of plagiarism if you don't. Further, it is good practice to include your sources to acknowledge where your ideas come from.

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