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Michigan State University

FOR 802 Forest Science Research: Academic Integrity

Dr. Richard Kobe, Fall 2020

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. (This video is  intended for an undergraduate audience, but it will provide a good review for new graduate students.)

Academic Integrity

At Michigan State University, it is the student's responsibility to understand and comply with academic integrity standards. See the many resouces and links at MSU Graduate School's page on Research & Scholarly Integrity.


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.  

Article Recommendation

Put Integrity High on Your To-Do List By Nicholas H. Steneck, November 05, 2010. Science

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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