Students entering American academia often encounter unfamiliar rules regarding intellectual ownership. Students who intend to follow all rules of their new school may still face difficulty adapting to these new rules, and they sometimes accidentally violate these academic rules. In American academia and business, a student or professional’s work—such as original writing, research, or art—is seen as property. Specifically, we call this intellectual property. The term intellectual property, also called intellectual ownership, signifies that someone owns both their ideas and the expression of their ideas. Copying someone’s work or conclusions in your own work is a violation of integrity standards, and can lead to real punishment. You can cite another person’s work in your own, but you can never use someone another person’s words, research, or original ideas without attribution. Be careful to avoid plagiarism.
Intellectual Ownership Explored
What is intellectual property?
Why is original work required?
How can I ethically use someone else's work in my own work?
What are the consequences of violating intellectual ownership standards?
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