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Academic Integrity Tutorial for Undergraduates: Avoiding Plagiarism

Part II: Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

According to the CUNY Academic Integrity Policy:

Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writing as your own.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying another person’s actual words or images without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source.
  • Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source.
  • Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments.
  • Internet plagiarism, including submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, or “cutting & pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.


In this section, you will:

  • Learn how plagiarism is defined at CUNY
  • Understand specific strategies for avoiding plagiarism
  • Become familiar with different citation styles

The City University of New York. "Academic Integrity Policy." Legal Affairs: CUNY Policies and Forms. Accessed 31 Jul. 2019.