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Academic Integrity and Library Research: Home

This guide contains a video, a PowerPoint presentation, Web links and library resources to help students understand academic integrity and avoid plagiarism.

When To Cite?

Screenshot, Plagiarism video

Click above for a video on differentiating between your own knowledge, common knowledge, and an original work which needs proper citation.

Academic Integrity

At Michigan State University, it is the student's responsibility to understand and comply with academic integrity standards.  See MSU Ombudsman's plagiarism policies here.


Suppose you want to add information to your paper from an article you found at the MSU Libraries.  Here are some examples of proper and improper paraphrasing.  

Types of Plagiarism


  • Verbatim copying without using quotation marks
  • Not using in-text or reference list citations to attribute quotations to the original author
  • Paraphrasing or summarizing other works without using in-text or reference list citations to attribute the paraphrased material to the original author
  • Quoting and paraphrasing a large portion of others' works without adding critical analysis; no new contribution to knowledge
  • Making errors in the reference citations so that the original source of information cannot be checked
  • Using fictitious references so that your project appears to be well-researched

A PowerPoint Message from the Dean of the Graduate School

No plagiarism!

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