As a UC student and therefore a member of the UC academic community you are expected to live up to a high level of academic integrity. In practical terms, demonstrating academic integrity means that you:
do your academic work well and with honesty, and
give credit to other people's work by indicating when you use their words or ideas by citing (referencing) the original source.
Failure to use and cite information sources appropriately constitutes plagiarism, which a severe violation of academic integrity and may have severe consequences.
The purpose of this guide is to help you understand what constitutes plagiarism and learn how to avoid it.
Why cite sources?
Cite your sources to:
document your sources
demonstrate how your work relates to research in the area
find your sources again
show your respect for intellectual property
By citing your sources you avoidplagiarism.
A different way to learn about plagiarism and its prevention
Our interactive tutorial Plagiarism: Why It should Matter to You helps you understand plagiarism through scenario-based activities. After learning what constitute plagiarism, how you can avoid, and where yu can get help, you can take a quiz and get a certificate of completion.