Academic Honesty

At Yıldız Technical University, we value the academic honesty and expect our students to obey this universal ethic. Here are some notes on "Writing Without Plagiarizing" written by Zeliha Gulcat.



When you are writing your research papers, summaries, responses, or other term papers, you will read many writers, and you will be asked to report the writers you have read. Sometimes you will like the ideas in the source and you will want to use those ideas. Sometimes you will disagree with the ideas and will still quote what those writers think and then criticize them. In either case, you will report what you have read. The most important question is how you can do that without plagiarizing.


What is plagiarism?

In university courses, in the above situations, if you use information you gathered from other sources without acknowledging the source of information, and make it appear to be you own, this is called plagiarism.


How can you avoid plagiarism?

You must acknowledge the source (give credit) if you use

- another person’s idea, opinion, or theory,

- any facts, statistics, graphs, any pieces of information that is not common knowledge,

- quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words,

- paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words.

** These guidelines are taken from the “Student Code of Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct of Indiana University”. (Here, for example, I did not plagiarize because I borrowed from a source, and indicated the source of information.)

For further information on plagiarism please refer to the following online sources.


1. Indiana University has a very good page on plagiarism, with special emphasis on what is considered plagiarism in universities and how to avoid it. The pages about what is plagiarism and what is not are especially useful.  


2. Capital Community College also has a good coverage of plagiarism and exercises on strategies to avoid plagiarizing.


You may also find these links useful in your work.








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