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Citing Sources


Plagiarism is the act of passing off someone's thoughts, ideas, or creations as your own.

Xavier's Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism more specifically as a student having presented the scholarly work of another (such as a journal article, research study, master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation), as his or her own journal article, research study, master's thesis or dissertation, in part or in whole, word for word or ideas, without giving credit to the original source. Some key concepts of this definition to pay attention to are:

  • in part or in whole
  • word for word or ideas
  • without giving credit to the original source

In the same way that Nicki Minaj gives writing credit to Rick James and mentions the songs she sampled for her song "Super Freaky Girl", you need to give credit when you use the work of others in your own work. This is often done through the use of citations.