Research writing involves gathering and using information from a variety of resources and incorporating it into your own writing. This adds credibility and authority to your work provided you credit the author(s) and are selective in choosing your sources.
Many students fail to realize that they risk being charged with
plagiarism even if they were not intentionally dishonest but only
ignorant or careless. This happens whenever you use
someone else's work without giving them credit. You can avoid being accused of plagiarism if you follow some essential rules for citing your sources.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Research Integrity (ORI) provides a detailed guide entitled Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, and other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing.
Here are some additional basic guidelines:
As stated in the Graduate Division's Academic Policies and Guidelines,
Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. All documents prepared as part of a student’s academic or research activities must be free of plagiarism. This includes but is not limited to written examinations in classes, Qualifying Exam proposals, thesis proposals, fellowship applications, manuscripts, reports to the Advisory Committee and Academic Affairs Committee, and the PhD thesis.
For in-class or take-home examinations in graduate courses, unless otherwise clearly stated in the instructions for the particular examination, it is fully expected that the student will work alone and without any assistance from other students or sources.
When you incorporate the work of others into your thesis you must secure permission from the copyright holder. You may also need to obtain permission to republish any of your own previously published work. Librarians can assist you in determining how to obtain the required permissions.
Copyright law is complex and extensive. Here are a few resources to make it easier to ensure compliance.
As stated in the Graduate Division's Academic Policies and Guidelines, those style requirements not covered by the Thesis Guidelines should: "follow the recommendations of your Department. The style selected should be adhered to strictly and consistently. If no style is preferred by the Department, the Manual for Writers of Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian, University of Chicago Press, should be used."