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Avoiding Plagiarism

This guide provides resources to define plagiarism and practical tips on how to avoid it.


This guide is intended to answer some common questions about plagiarism and provide information and tips on how to avoid plagiarism.

It is based on the "Avoiding Plagiarism" guide created by Irene Ke and Loretta Wallace, librarians at the University of Houston Libraries and is used with permission.

Leadership and Integrity

"Another essential quality of leadership is integrity.  Without this, real leadership is not possible.  Nowadays, it seems like integrity - or honor or character - is kind of quaint, curious, old-fashioned notion.  We read of too many successful and intelligent people in and out of government who succumb to the easy wrong rather than the hard right - whether from inattention or a sense of entitlement, the notion that rules are not for them.  But for a real leader, personal virtues - self-reliance, self-control, honor, truthfulness, morality - are absolute.  These are the building blocks of character, of integrity - and only on that foundation can real leadership be built."

United States Naval Academy Commencement Address as delivered by Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, Annapolis, Maryland, Friday, 27 May 2011                                                                                                                                            

USNA Honor Concept

Plagiarism and other forms of cheating and lying are prohibited by the Honor Concept of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  Those in violation of the Honor Concept face punishments ranging from counseling to failing classes or even dismissal from the Academy.