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Academic & Research Integrity: Plagiarism

This is a guide for learning more about academic and research integrity, both in a general sense and specific to the policies at WPI.

The Problem of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a complicated issue, but learning to avoid plagiarism is essential to the principles of academic integrity and to becoming a better writer and researcher. Learning to avoid plagiarism will help you develop the skills you need to produce original work and successfully build on past research.

Use the websites and the the videos below for an overview of plagiarism and the common issues involved.

Contextualizing Plagiarism and Avoiding Plagiarism from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Plagiarism & Ethical Issues from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

How to Avoid Plagiarism (Workshop Slides & Audio)

The video above is based on a plagiarism workshop at the WPI Library, focusing on how to avoid plagiarism by knowing the rules and citing your sources correctly. If you have any questions on plagiarism in general or anything in the video, please email us at  

Introduction to Citations Video