Credits & Credentials

Give others their due.

Do not copy someone else's work 
  • When you use the words of others from publications, and do not quote or reference them, your action amounts to plagiarism.This is unethical as you have essentially picked up someone else's writing and are giving the impression that it is your work, thereby deceiving readers. Quoting a definition is alright as long as you reference it. 
  • If you have a large chunk of information that is relevant to your work, paraphrase it in your own words and reference it. It is common to find paragraphs from another person's work presented in a reordered fashion; however, this is unethical. Make the effort to justify why you are quoting or referencing - the information must add value to your paper. 
  • If language is a problem, seek help. (See selected readings for an article on plagiarism written by our team.)
Be honest about your personal credentials 
  • You may think it looks appealing to have a string of qualifications or a fancy designation associated with your name as author. But be honest about your personal credentials. What matters is the quality of your paper, not superficial titles.
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