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Ethical Documentation - Academic Integrity in Research & Writing

Plagiarism Tutorial

DMU students may be required to take the DMU Plagiarism, Writing and Citing Tutorial, as part of required coursework. Any health professional may access this freely available tutorial to improve their writing and citing skills. The course include:

  • 10-question pre-test

  • Seven narrated videos covering plagiarism, when and how to cite, references, paraphrasing and quotations. 

  • Five interspersed quizzes for intermittent self-assessment and supplemental learning opportunities

  • 20-question comprehensive post-test

Definition of Plagiarsm

Plagiarism is considered a serious offense in the academic community.  To plagiarize means to take the ideas, words, or work of another and claim them as your own.  Another word for this is concept is stealing.

Most students and professionals do not intentionally try to commit plagiarism. One example of intentional plagiarism would be to purchase a paper off the internet and present the entire document as your own. Another example would be to copy and paste an entire section of a textbook or journal article into your own work and claim that you wrote the entire document yourself. These are two blatant examples of cheating, and you should know that these behaviors constitute academic and professional dishonesty.

However, while most people are not guilty of intentional plagiarism, it is unfortunately easy to fall into the category of the "accidental plagiarist."  There may be no intent to cheat or steal, but the end result is still considered plagiarism.  The key to avoiding plagiarism is to carefully document your resources in order to provide the proper attribution to other authors in your work.

To test your knowledge of the most common types of plagiarism, watch the 10 Types of Plagiarism video below.  The most common areas in which students have difficulty with plagiarism are outlined in the 3 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism -- Summary, Paraphrase and Quote video.

For further training, consider signing up for the DMU Plagiarism Tutorial.

10 Types of Plagiarism

Published on Nov 16, 2012

What is plagiarism? There isn't just one definition.Learn key ways to avoid plagiarism after reviewing these 10 types.
Understand how to paraphrase a text, how to document or cite a source and how to research so the paper contains original content. Original source:

3 Ways to Avoid Plagiarism -- Summary, Paraphrase and Quote

Plagiarism: How to Avoid it

Uploaded on Jan 5, 2010 by Bainbridge State College.

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