At Jackson State, you can find useful resources on campus and online to help you maintain academic integrity and avoid plagiarism. Beyond the institutional support, remember that your professors are always available to answer your questions about finding, incorporating, and citing source material. A citation error is not a violation of the integrity policy until you turn your work in for a grade; until then, you've simply made a mistake that you have the responsibility to correct. Don't be afraid to turn to your professors or the resources below for help fixing errors before they become academic violations!
The Writing Center at Jackson State offers free, face-to-face or online help for any student at Jackson State on any writing-related issue, including citation and avoiding plagiarism. Call 731.425.8848 for an appointment or to ask questions. The Writing Center has an online tutoring request form for off-campus and online students (and for Jackson students whose schedule prevents a face-to-face session).
The Jackson State Library's librarians can provide top-notch help for any research question you have as a student. Visit http://library.jscc.edu for information.
The Web offers plenty of help to students trying to maintain academic integrity. Here are some of the most common and useful websites.
The Indiana University Bloomington's School of Education has an online test that allows you to try recognizing instances of plagiarism yourself. This test for non-IU students gives you the chance to see plagiarism in action so that you can avoid committing it yourself.
Plagiarism.org provides useful information and links on citation, definitions, and support for writers online.
Some software is available (some for fees) that may help you avoid unintentional plagiarism. If you try or use these self-check programs, you should know that maintaining academic integrity is, in the end, your responsibility and that computer programs should be used only for guidance. Some of the most popular self-check programs include Plagiarism Detect and Write Check by Turnitin.com.
As you can see, you're not alone when it comes to figuring out the ins and outs of citing, using sources, and maintaining academic integrity. Use local and online resources to help make your time at Jackson State productive!
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