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Nursing & Health Services Research Guide: Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity refers to the ethics of research and scholarly communication in academia. This includes values such maintaining academic standards as citing research sources correctly, thus avoiding plagiarism.

APA Citation Style Links

In the FSU Nursing Program, you will be using the APA citation style exclusively. Below are resources to help you use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style.

Avoid Plagiarism

Sometimes it seems as if we live in a "copy-and-paste" world, but you always need to give credit to the sources you use to support your research. whether you directly quote the ideas of others or paraphrase their ideas in your own words. The infographic below can help you avoid plagiarism:

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Evaluating Resources

Academic rigor is also a value of academic integrity, so it is crucial to evaluate the article and website sources that you intend to use to support your research.

Click here for valuable criteria to use when evaluating Web resources.

Additionally, the CARS checklist in the handout below can help you evaluate print or Web information for Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, and Support:

For more information on how to evaluate health websites, view a tutorial created by the National Library of Medicine.

The Health on the Net Foundation's HONcode Site Evaluation will help you evaluate how trustworthy a health related website is.