The Writing Center seeks to promote and foster academic integrity alongside the NIU community. Plagiarism occurs when someone takes material from a source and uses that material in his or her own work without proper citation. This compromises academic integrity.
Generally speaking, most people do not intend to plagiarize anything. Most occurences of plagiarism happen when well-meaning people simply don't know the rules of a particular citation style. However, whether unintentional or malicious, plagiarism is a serious matter that could have an effect upon a student's academic standing. Protect yourself by brushing up on citation styles, taking the quizzes below, or contacting the Writing Center with questions or concerns.