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Upper School Library: Plagiarism & Academic Integrity

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Winchester Thurston Academic Integrity

From the Winchester Thurston Upper School Handbook: 

Academic dishonesty involves giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage in academic work. We recognize that academic dishonesty can happen on tests, quizzes, projects, and homework assignments.

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Defining Plagiarism


"The act of taking another person’s ideas, writings, or opinions and presenting them as one’s own without proper acknowledgment; the act of borrowing a sequence of ideas, the arrangement of material, or a pattern of thought of someone else without proper acknowledgment."

From the WT Upper School Student Handbook

Defining Paraphrasing


"A restatement of a text, passage, or work giving the meaning in another form. The teacher asked the students to write a paraphrase of the poem."

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Types of Plagiarism

All of the following are considered types of plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not 

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Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism Tips:

  • plan your paper/project
  • take effective notes
  • when in doubt, cite sources
  • know how to paraphrase
  • use Noodletools or another citation generator to keep track of sources and research notes

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Citation Guides by Style


All WT students have access to a NoodleTools account. Please see Ms. O'Donnell or Mrs. Senedak with any questions.