The University of San Francisco: Gleeson Library

Researching with Integrity

copyWhen we do research, we are making ethical choices with how we use the information we find and create. One of the core values of USF is a commitment to advancing the moral dimension of every significant human choice: taking seriously how and who we choose to be in the world.

Research is about how ideas are created, evolve, and change. When you use information, it is critical to cite where you got it. The whole world of scholarship is based on this bedrock, which enables readers to go back and see the original information and make their own judgements. There are various standard styles of how to cite, the most common being APA, MLA, and the Chicago Style.

We all know plagiarism is wrong; it is stealing someone’s work. USF’s Academic Honesty Policy is explained in the Fogcutter. The potential punishments can lead to expulsion from the University. Here at USF, many faculty use Turnitin, a software program that helps faculty determine if something is plagiarized.

Need more help with questions about plagiarism? Think you know all about plagiarism? Below, we've collected some modules on the web you can use to test your knowledge of plagiarism. There are books in the library and websites with more information. And you can always make an appointment at the Writing Center to meet with a Writing Tutor to work one on one with you.

Academic Integrity

This list of tutorial links was compiled by Natalie Abbot, a SJSU Library School student during her USF Internship.

Tutorials with Self-Tests

Prentice Hall Understanding Plagarism
This informative tutorial breaks down the issues into several categories and has quizzes to test your knowledge of what was reviewed.

Plagiarism Tutorial from Duke University
The “Scholarly Proceedures” table on this site provides guidelines on how to approach the research and writing process.

Longman's Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial
Contains a self-test with extensive explanations and examples.

McGraw-Hill Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial
The McGraw-Hill tutorial includes a sample paper with an accompanying quiz.

You Quote It, You Note It!
From Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada), this tutorial has engaging graphics and the accompanying quiz has a useful fix-it section.

Copyright & Plagiarism Tutorials
From Rochester Institute of Technologies, RIT Libraries, this tutorial features PowerPoint presentations and quizzes.

No Self-Test, but Good Graphics

Paul Robeson Library: Video on Plagiarism
This video series features amusing animations and examples of what does and does not constitute plagiarism.

Not Fancy, but Informative (no test)

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It
The guide from Indiana University, Bloomington provides a short yet comprehensive overview of the topic.

Tutorials on Citation

Citing Your Sources: APA and MLA Citation Styles.
Ielleen R. Miller and Jonathan Grubb

MLA Citation Game from the University of Washington
This game reflects the 2009 changes to the MLA Handbook.

Basics of APA Style Tutorial
This tutorial from the American Psychological Association provides an overview of using the APA citation style.