Always write in your own words. I know that sometimes it seems like the original source said it best, and maybe they did – you still need to write in your own words and credit your source.

Plagiarism

There are very few educational and academic offenses that are more serious and embarrassing than plagiarism. As a graduate student, you will be asked to write numerous papers, presentations and projects that require the inclusion of outside sources. Three of the main rules that you need to follow that will ensure that you write according to university and APA standards listed below.

  1. Always write in your own words. I know that sometimes it seems like the original source said it best, and maybe they did – you still need to write in your own words and credit your source.
  2. Always cite your sources in APA formatting when you take ideas and concepts from another writer. Always.
    3. Never ever try to pass someone else’s work off as your own – under any circumstances.
  3. Anytime you include a reference, you need to support it with a citation and any time you include a citation, you must also support that citation with a reference.

You are encouraged to use our extensive databases when completing your work. You just always need to credit the author. A good rule of thumb is, if the information did not originate with you, you need to cite it. It is always better to air on the side of caution. I have created a short audio PowerPoint to go along with this Guidance. If you have any questions about proper citations, APA formatting or how to avoid plagiarism, please let me know.

Please also review our Plagiarism Policy and Academic Research Policy. I have included them below as well.
Plagiarism Policy

Students agree to produce all the work assigned in every course as their individual work, unless collaboration is required or expressly permitted by the instructor. Plagiarism includes the use of the student’s own previously published work (in whole or in part) or work previously submitted (in whole or in part) in any course, including within the same course, without proper citation in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Sixth Edition Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
Students must obtain specific, written permission from their instructor, prior to the inclusion in course assignments, to submit work the student previously submitted (in the same course or any other course) or work the student previously published, in whole or in part.

Students will avoid all forms of plagiarism and will not submit as their own work material obtained from persons (with or without that person’s knowledge), or from other sources such as term paper companies or the Internet. Students will give credit (proper APA citations) for all the sources of their ideas, whether written or oral, formal or informal, published or unpublished. Plagiarism may be grounds for dismissal from the University.
Avoiding Plagiarism
Address any questions regarding plagiarism to the course instructor. Students should be aware that University of the Rockies’ instructors utilize anti-plagiarism resources to determine the originality of submitted written work. These tools compare students’ work with texts available in internal databases and through Internet searches.

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