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Writing Resources & Assistance

Writing Resources & Assistance Guide

What is Plagiarism?

The St. Catherine University Student Code of Conduct and Community Expectations defines plagiarism as "deliberately presenting work, words, ideas, theories, etc., derived in whole or in part from a source external to the student as though they are the student's own efforts." (section III, Code of Conduct).

Plagiarism is one of the types of academic dishonesty that violates the academic integrity standards at St. Kate's. The consequences for plagiarizing can be serious, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (see section V, Sanctions).

Quick Tips for Preventing Plagiarism

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to research, and write your paper. Running up against a deadline can cause some students to make poor choices regarding academic honesty.
  • Learn how to document your sources. The Library has a citation guide for every citation style used at St. Kate's.
  • Keep careful notes that distinguish between your own ideas, your summaries of the ideas of others, and the exact words you have copied. And keep copies of the articles and content that you will reference in your academic work.
  • Most importantly, ask for assistance with any aspect of the writing process. Peer writing tutors are available through the O’Neill Center for Academic Development.

St. Kate's Library Academic Integrity Tutorial

This is a 25-30 minute course that will introduce you to the concept of academic integrity, and how its principles relate to the proper use and documentation of sources in your academic work. We recommend that all students review this tutorial to deepen their understanding of what plagiarism is and how to prevent it.

Acting with Integrity by Using Information Ethically

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