To have academic integrity shows that you understand the importance of paraphrasing, citing information and crediting the author for any information that you use from an outside source. This could include published work by someone else, paraphrasing another source without acknowledging the author as well as presenting artistic or technical work as your own.
It is very easy to plagiarize without realizing it, but there is also an easy way to avoid it; acknowledge everything that is from an outside source, whether it be someone else’s opinion or ideas, music, drawings, graphs, phrase, and/or someone else’s spoken or written words. If it not your work, it should be properly accredited, and when you are not sure, you can always ask someone for help.
Besides stealing the work of someone else, and being dishonest by declaring that work as your own, there are many other impacts of plagiarism. It holds you back from developing the important and necessary research and writing skills that will come into use for you in everyday life, as well as obstruct your learning of the course material. By copying the work of someone else, you are learning nothing.
The academic tutorial helped me get a better understanding of what plagiarism is, and how to avoid it. I will implement academic integrity by paraphrasing and citing everything that I use that is not mine so that I can do my work with all honesty and hard work; and earn my degree as a hard earned accomplishment.