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Writer's Guide

Collection of resources to support writing in the health sciences.


What is Plagiarism?

Academic honesty or academic integrity is a set of values held by the academic community. These values are defined by the International Center for Academic Integrity as "commitment, even in the face of adversity, to...honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility."

There are four basic types of academic dishonesty:

  1. cheating,
  2. facilitation,
  3. plagiarism, and
  4. fabrication.

Sometimes plagiarism is used as a catch-all term for all kinds of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is using somebody else's ideas or expression of ideas (writing, art, music, speech, etc.) and representing them as your own.

More specifically, plagiarism is the "unattributed use of a source of information that is not considered common knowledge. Three acts are considered plagiarism: (1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas, (2) failing to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words."
- Diana Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual

Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

  1. Read Common Tips For Avoiding Plagiarism from a health sciences perspective.

  2. Review UW's Student Academic Conduct statement and make sure you understand it.

  3. Plan ahead. Give yourself enough time to plan, research, write, and edit your work.

  4. Document your research by using citation tools for references and using citation styles as you write.  

Faculty can also enable SimCheck by TurnItIn on Canvas to allow students to review similarity reports of their work.

Learn more about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Large Language Models (LLMs), and Machine Learning (ML) and how to cite these products.

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