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SPH Writing Support Services: Getting Started: Plagiarism

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

Plagiarism & Ethical Writing

For more information on plagiarism (and how to avoid it!), visit the following websites:

Crimes Against Science

Retraction Watch has compiled the top 10 most highly cited retracted papers.

The journal Annals of Internal Medicine has recently had to deal with a scientific misconduct case in which an external peer reviewer plagiarized a submitted manuscript, prompting a letter from the victim ("Dear Plagiarist: A Letter to a Peer Reviewer Who Stole and Published Our Manuscript as His Own") and an editorial by the journal's editor-in-chief ("Scientific Misconduct Hurts").

Plagiarism Detectors

Several online plagiarism detection programs are available, some of which are free but most of which have a cost.

The following Web sites are provided for informational purposes only. UTHealth School of Public Health neither endorses nor recommends the use of any plagiarism detector other than Turnitin via Canvas at UTHealth.   

UTHealth School of Public Health Definition of Plagiarism

UTHealth School of Public Health defines plagiarism as follows:

UTHealth School of Public Health Honor Code

UTHealth School of Public Health Honor Code

Objective: To cultivate a culture of honesty, integrity, and respect among and between students and faculty within the UTHealth School of Public Health.

Documentation of rules and regulations that govern all aspects of UTHealth-related activities for students, faculty, and staff is found in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOOP).

Guidance regarding unacceptable student conduct, which includes plagiarism, is provided in Appendix A of Hoop Policy 186 (Student Conduct and Discipline).

UTHealth School of Public Health 2016-2018 Catalog

According to the 2016-2018 Catalogplagiarism, or dishonesty in any scholastic activity, is a serious breach of ethical standards and is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the school.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of ideas or words of another person without giving appropriate credit. The appropriation of another author’s text and the presentation of it as one’s own constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism, in turn, constitutes academic misconduct under UTHealth policy.


‚ÄčUTHealth School of Public Health provides students and faculty with a Web application called Turnitin to help deter plagiarism and promote academic integrity. Students are required to use Turnitin to ensure that their written documents do not contain text that may have been inadvertently copied from a published author’s work. You can access Turnitin directly through Canvas.

UTHealth School of Public Health provides two handouts related to Turnitin: "Canvas Student User Guide to Turnitin" and "Interpreting a Turnitin Originality Report."

A PDF version of each guide is provided below:

UTHealth School of Public Health Student Guide on Plagiarism

To explain plagiarism, UTHealth School of Public Health has produced a "Student Guide on Plagiarism."  

A PDF version of this guide is provided below:

Writing Support Services

All About Plagiarism: Tutorial

How to Recognize Plagiarism: Tutorial

Recognizing & Avoiding Plagiarism: Tutorial