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Citing Sources & Plagiarism: Citations & Plagiarism Defined

What is "plagiarism"?

2 types of plagiarism: intentional and unintentional

Image from Covintree, K. 2011. "What is plagiarism?" Slideshare, Linked In.

Plagiarism (pronounced PLAY-jar-ism) means using the words and ideas of another person as if they were your own. This includes both using the exact words or the ideas of another.  

Plagiarism and Generative-AI / ChatGPT

  • Students should not copy, quote, paraphrase or summarize any source (including AI or ChatGPT sources) without adequate documentation (citing their sources)
  • For any assignments that are meant to be original work, it can be required that students not use AI - check with your instructor to avoid Academic Misconduct
  • Please be aware that Generative-AI models sometimes produce biased, outdated, or incorrect information. 
  • Students should understand how to cite or give credit to AI generators, if their use is approved by their instructor. They can list ChatGPT as a reference work or quote it within their work. Sample language might be “Generated by ChatGPT.” 
  • Do not use Generative-AI or ChatGPT to generate citations - it is a huge waste of time as it will generate citations that do not exist (machine hallucinations)

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