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This LibGuide provides basic information about Academic Integrity. It includes: tips on avoiding plagiarism and guidelines for citing sources.

Academic Integrity Policy

What does plagiarism mean at Georgia Southern University? The Student Conduct Code provides the following definition of both cheating and plagiarism. Both are acts of academic dishonesty. See Part VIII, section 1.  

You can stop by the Research Services Desk on the 2nd floor anytime Librarians are on duty to ask for assistance with citing sources or with questions regarding plagiarism. Not in the library? Send us a chat message. 


Citing sources is a critical part of academic work. You are expected to provide references, also referred to as citations, to sources from which you borrow ideas, text, or images. A list of citations or references is sometimes referred to as a bibliography. By providing citations to your sources, you accomplish several things:

  • You provide a research trail for your readers should they wish to locate the sources you consulted through your research efforts
  • Your sources may lend credibility to your research (if you locate and use credible and appropriate sources of information).
  • By providing a bibliography, you show the extent of your efforts in consulting sources to accomplish your work.
  • Finally, providing references to works from which you borrow ideas, text, and images shows that you are being academically honest. "What is Plagiarism? An Informative Chart URL: