In any paper you write, in college or at work, you must clarify, for your reader, what words are yours and what words are taken verbatim from a source (through quotation marks and parenthetical references), as well as what ideas are yours and which come from the source (no quotation marks in this case, but the source must still be acknowledged).
Consider the following questions:
- What kinds of sources have you used in the workplace so far? How has this differed from the kinds of sources you have used in school?
- Why do you think the rules that we have around source use exist? Why do we cite sources?
- How does your culture handle using other people’s ideas and words? Who “owns” an idea? How do you respectfully use someone’s words?
- What questions do you have about citation?
- What’s your definition of “academic integrity”?
- Do you think that the rules of “academic integrity” apply to the workplace?
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