Academic Integrity

Words are very powerful. Therefore, it is important to use them truthfully, accurately, and responsibly. Statements should be accurate both in terms of how information is managed and how it is credited.

Managing Information

Ethical management of information requires both factual and accurate presentation. Individuals who alter results by reporting truthful but incomplete data that will skew the findings are mismanaging information.

Crediting Sources

Ethical writing requires that, with access to the same information and knowledge, others may reasonably reach the same conclusions as the writer. Different disciplines use different Style Guides so make sure you are using the one required or recommended by your professor. It is important to credit others' materials in order to:


Sometimes writers are uncertain when to give credit. Use research procedures as your guideline: Who or what is the original source that another researcher should contact to clarify information appearing in your writing? As you write, note that:


Sometimes writers are uncertain how to give credit. Here are tips and additional resources:


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Revised: 07/11


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