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Academic Integrity

A tutorial on Academic Integrity at the Mississippi University for Women


This is not to say that you can’t use information that exists in other places.

  • To avoid plagiarism, writers must rewrite the ideas in their own words (called paraphrasing) and cite the original source of the information.
  • Paraphrasing is similar to summarizing. Summaries only include the essential ideas of a work, while paraphrases include more details. Regardless of what you call it, you must cite the original source.
  • Depending on the circumstance, you may prefer to use an exact quote, surrounded by quotation marks. This is also acceptable, provided you give a full citation.

A word to the wise:

Changing every third word in a passage does not count as paraphrasing. You are better off quoting and citing the actual source!