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Exploring Academic Integrity - A Self-Guided Tutorial

A tutorial to guide you through the concepts of Academic Integrity and your obligations as a student.

5 - Plagiarism


When attribution is not given for other people’s work or ideas, that is known as plagiarism. Sometimes the intent is malicious and meant to deceive, but in many cases, plagiarism is the unintentional result of bad note-taking or rushing to complete a project.

Accidental plagiarism can happen in any field. Below are three examples of unintentional plagiarism that happened to well known scholars in each field. Click on the links to read related news articles.

Example Biology

Example History

Example Political Science


A famed primatologist accidentally included text from websites (including Wikipedia) in her book.


A Pulitzer-winning historian blamed poor note taking for accidentally using another author’s words verbatim.


A well-known political journalist has come under scrutiny for not citing his sources adequately.