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Exploring Academic Integrity in Your Research

A UO Libraries self-guided tutorial on integrity in library research and using sources ethically

12 - Plagiarism


Neglecting to provide attribution can have disastrous results in political life. For example, plagiarism cost former Montana Senator John Walsh his graduate degree. Years after finishing his Master's Degree his college rescinded it when they determined Senator Walsh had copied large portions of it. This led to Senator Walsh quitting his campaign for reelection — an example of academic dishonesty coming back to haunt someone (New York Times via Nexis Uni) (you may be prompted to log in with your Duck ID to view this article).

Photograph of John Walsh in military uniform

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