You may be familiar with the term “academic integrity.” Most schools have an academic integrity policy with expectations for student conduct. But what does it really mean to have academic integrity? You may associate the term most commonly with avoiding cheating and plagiarism, which are indeed important aspects of appropriate academic conduct. But academic integrity is more than just avoiding cheating and plagiarism.
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Every day, we have access to thousands of pieces of information. The availability of information only continues to expand as creating and distributing information becomes easier. For example, when you use social media to share an image with a caption, you are contributing to the information landscape.
In this dynamic environment, building a strong foundation of information literacy skills is essential to achieving academic, workplace, and personal success. Information literacy skills help you to identify, evaluate, and utilize information in a variety of formats.
One of the first steps toward becoming information literate is to recognize that information has value, which influences how it gets used and managed.
Part of being a responsible user of information is knowing how to draw on the works of others in a legal manner. Intellectual property refers to creations of the human mind that are protected by law from being used without permission from their creator or owner. Just as someone has rights over physical property that they own, such as a car or land, intellectual property is a legal expression of rights over certain ideas or information.
As a student, you use materials such as instructional videos, textbooks, websites, and published documents to complete assignments and explore new topics. Much of this information is protected by copyright, which places restrictions on how the creator’s work can be used. Copyright is one example of intellectual property protection. If a work is protected by copyright, it cannot be reproduced (copied) without permission from the copyright holder, who could be the creator of the work, or another individual or organization.
This video will discuss the different types of plagiarism and how to avoid it in your own writing.
If you take another person’s work, words, or ideas and use them as your own, you’re committing plagiarism. Words and ideas are intangible, but they are intellectual property that can be stolen.