A citation or reference is a referral to an information source. Citing your sources is the best way to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism can be deliberate - knowingly using someone else's work as your own. It can also be inadvertent. Sometimes plagiarism accusations are simply the result of not following a specific style properly. The particular citation style you use will dictate the details of how you should cite your sources. In this module, you'll learn more about the importance of citation and how to avoid plagiarism.
Citing your sources lets your reader know what information you came up with yourself and what comes from someone else's work. In addition, it gives credit to the creators of the original works. There are many citation styles that you can use, including APA, MLA, and Vancouver. The most commonly used citation style in Nursing and other Health Sciences programs is APA style, but check with your professor if you're unsure. To learn more about citing in APA style, see the Cite Using APA Style module.
Citing sources is a crucial element of academic integrity, specifically avoiding plagiarism. Explore the tabs to learn more about the following topics:
Before we explain plagiarism and how to avoid it, it's important to understand that plagiarism is only one part of a bigger concept known as academic integrity.
Academic integrity means upholding your school's values concerning the production of your academic work and the completion of quizzes, tests, and exams. Every college in Ontario has an academic integrity policy. Read your college's academic integrity policy and be sure you understand your responsibilities as a student and scholar.
Here are some examples of academic integrity offences:
If you break the academic integrity rules (for example, if you are caught plagiarizing), there are a range of disciplinary actions that you could face, which should be outlined in your college's policy. Depending on the severity of the offence and whether it is your first offence, you may face consequences such as the following disciplinary actions:
Plagiarism involves integrating another person's ideas and intellectual material into your writing without giving them credit or citing them. In nursing, you will cite sources such as peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, and websites.
It might seem funny, but you can also plagiarize yourself: self-plagiarism is a type of plagiarism where you don't reference ideas that you previously wrote about in other assignments. Watch the video and read the information below to learn more about plagiarism and how you can avoid it.
Sometimes a writer plagiarizes work on purpose, for example, by copying and pasting or purchasing an essay from a website and submitting it as original work. For reasons such as those that follow, the writer can feel desperation, which leads them to take credit for someone else's ideas:
In other cases, a writer may commit accidental plagiarism due to carelessness, haste, or misunderstanding, such as in the following examples:
Both types of plagiarism have serious consequences that can affect your success in your program.
You can avoid plagiarism by following these simple rules:
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