Not just at AU, but across higher education and in the professional world, using someone else's work without identifying the source compromises scholarly integrity.
Getting it right takes understanding and practice
Quote Your Source Properly
Paraphrase Your Source Properly Read more: Quoting and Paraphrasing @ The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Cite Your Source Properly In academic writing, there are standard ways of citing sources called “styles.” The style an author uses will depend upon the audience. It will usually be someone like a course instructor who will dictate what style to use for a paper or other kind of work.
APA is common for writing in the social sciences and some sciences.
MLA is common for writing in the liberal arts and humanities.
Citing your sources or quoting exact wording with proper attribution is not. Paraphrasing effectively is not.
Citing common knowledge is also not. What is common knowledge differs depending upon the audience. Read more: What is Common Knowledge? (Academic Integrity at MIT)
Proper Attribution and the Internet
An issue that's easy to get wrong
Everything on the internet was created by someone. Take the time to figure out who authored the text or the image you want to use.
Citation styles give options if you can’t find an author’s name, e.g., using an organization's name.
Tools for helping to get it right
Canvas (AU's course management system) has a built-in plagiarism checker to help instructors determine if work has plagiarized content. But that's too late to find out.
There are various free web applications that will highlight possible instances of plagiarism.
Learn more Search "review free plagiarism checker" (no quotation marks) in your favorite internet browser to find some to try.
A different type of tool for helping to get it right
Type in your information and the generator gives you the proper citation, hopefully. Garbage in, garbage out. You still need to know your citation style well-enough to proofread, but a generator could save you time and effort.
EndNote Webis paid for by Arcadia University. It works with many of our article databases to collect and organize your articles and produce your citation list.
Mendeley is a popular, free application that also works with many article databases.
Zotero is a popular, free application that works with article databases and webpages.
APA (7th ed.)
The Copyright Desk. (YYYY, Month DD). [Page Name]. Arcadia University. Retrieved Month DD, YYYY, from [URL] Example: The Copyright Desk. (2020). Public Domain. Arcadia University. Retrieved September 1, 2020, from https://www.arcadia.edu/landman-library/services/copyright/public-domain