plagiarism tutorial

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Why does any of this matter?

Academic integrity at UNC-Chapel Hill entails an individual and university-wide commitment to the values of honesty and responsible academic engagement. In practice, this includes refraining from lying, cheating, or stealing (including plagiarism), as well as embracing all of the rights and responsibilities that are involved in participating freely in an academic institution.

From the UNC Office of Student Conduct website:

The Honor Code is the heart of integrity at Carolina. In brief, the Honor Code says that all students shall "refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing," but the Honor Code means much more.
The Honor Code can be found in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance ("Instrument"). The Instrument is the University's official document outlining the standards of behavior and methods of resolving allegations of misconduct by students. The list of prohibited conduct and the possible sanctions are outlined in the Instrument.

Not only is plagiarizing against the principles of academic integrity, plagiarism may also constitute a violation of state or federal law.

So, now that we have established why you should avoid plagiarism, let's test your knowledge and move on to when and how to cite.

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