Researching with Integrity

When 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 Honor Code is explained at the Academic Integrity Website. 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 


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

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

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.

Chicago Manual of Style Online
This is a fantastic quick reference guide for using the Chicago Manual of Style