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Part Two: Plagiarism

Information Literacy Academic Integrity

The logical fallacies you encountered in the preceding lesson are only a few, common instances of the many fallacies that can be found in written and spoken arguments. For more examples of logical fallacies, see the South Shore Skeptics' Logical Fallacies Lesson.

Using information in an ethical and honest manner is crucial to your education. In fact, the entire academic/research system rests upon the belief that students and scholars are using information and conducting research with honesty and integrity. Throughout your college career, you will be asked to gather, synthesize, and analyze information and to present your findings to an audience. That audience will expect your work to be accurate, honest, and well-documented. This ethical component of argument-making is known as the ethos. Ethical argument can be as convincing as factually accurate argument (what's known as the logos).Using the skills you learn in Freshman English throughout your college career will ensure that your audience will not be disappointed.

The next page covers the plagiarism policy of the College of Arts and Sciences at USD. It is very important that you know, understand, and follow this policy since you have courses in the College of Arts and Sciences. The subsequent page will take you to an online plagiarism tutorial (the VAIL Tutorial) where plagiarism will be defined and described, and you will learn ways to avoid plagiarism in your own work.

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