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The intent of this guide is familiarize you with what plagiarism is and how to avoid it when performing academic research.  This will help your writing by showing knowledge of the subject area, supporting your arguments and opinions with credible sources, and using references correctly. 

Academic Integrity

One objective of an academic career is to learn how to express your own thoughts and ideas in spoken and written words. Learning how to recognize and avoid plagiarism ensures that your “voice” is evident in writing assignments, research papers, and projects.

The following video will help you define plagiarism and ethical behavior, recognize that acting with academic integrity stems from an understanding that information has value, and appreciate scholarship as an academic conversation.

Academic Integrity Video

Learn more about the Academic Integrity Policy at Sacred Heart University:

SHU Academic Integrity Policy


Plagiarism can take many different forms. The following video discusses the different types of plagiarism and how to avoid it in your own writing.

Plagiarism Video