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Academic integrity means ensuring your academic conduct is in line with six key values: "honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage" (International Centre for Academic integrity, 2021, p. 4). It involves always acknowledging the source of information, and not using that information as if it were your own ideas.
Academic misconduct occurs when one or more of the key values above are compromised. This may be via cheating, plagiarism (see below), un-authrorised collaboration, re-using your own work, fraud and other forms of academic dishonesty.
It is important you are fully aware of academic integrity and how to avoid academic misconduct, as sometimes academic misconduct can occur unintentionally.
When writing an academic assignment, you will often need to gather information from a variety of sources. It is essential that you acknowledge where you got the information from in order to avoid plagiarism.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is when you use someone else's words or ideas in your writing, as if they were your own, and is considered a form of academic theft, whether intentional or unintentional. Unintentional plagiarism can occur when a student might use information from somewhere else and forget to reference it, or not paraphrase it sufficiently.
Plagiarism can result in academic misconduct, which can have serious consequences at NMIT. (See NMIT's Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct Policy(external link)).
It is essential, therefore, that you avoid plagiarism by learning how to reference correctly, using a referencing guide.
Remember the two parts to referencing, every time you use information from someone else:
Get in the habit of writing down key details of a source (author, date, title, publisher or retrieval details (DOI or URL)) when you are reading and making notes. This will help you keep track of where you sourced the information and will also help you reference it correctly.
This online module on academic integrity(external link) provides step-by-step guidance on the topic (You may need to log into Moodle).