In the United States we place high value on academic integrity or academic conduct, meaning honesty and originality in your school work. Using another scholar's ideas in your own work without giving them credit is called plagiarism. It is one of the main ways to violate academic integrity.
Professors take plagiarism very seriously; often they have students submit papers to an online plagiarism checker called SafeAssign. If you get caught plagiarizing you may face disciplinary measures and possibly be expelled from the University.
To read more about academic conduct go to page 35 in the International Student Handbook or the section Student Rights and Responsibilities in the Academic Policies of the University of Michigan-Flint.
Many professors will ask you to write a research paper and find articles by other scholars to support your information. It is easy to avoid plagiarizing these articles by citing them. The library provides a couple of programs to help you create and track your citations, including EasyBib.
The short videos below are about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
10 Types of Plagiarism [Video]. (2012, November 16). Retrieved March 10, 2014, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF5eFeJMplA
The library has two tools that help students keep track of their sources while researching. They also create correctly formatted bibliographies (also known as works cited pages). Neither Endnote nor Refworks will help format your paper in the correct APA, MLA, or Chicago style, but they will tell you what the in text or parenthetical citation should look like.