What is academic integrity?
Academic integrity in your writingAcademic writing such as essays, reports, case studies or dissertations, can be challenging. You have to present ideas and information using the right language and style, and you also have to demonstrate good critical thinking. This means you have to do research and/or read existing work on a subject, and then you have to build on it to form your own argument and conclusions. When you write your assignment, you have to acknowledge when ideas or information come from someone else. You need to do this correctly in order to avoid plagiarism. For example, if you use the ideas of other people as if they were your own, ie, without referencing them, this would be considered plagiarism. At university, cases of plagiarism are taken very seriously and are viewed as an academic offence. Students are responsible for knowing and following the regulations. It’s essential that you always cite your sources appropriately.
Top tips for ensuring your academic integrity in writing.
- Make certain you fully understand what you read, so you can use it accurately and appropriately.
- Take clear, accurate notes during your reading and research (see Step 3.15).
- Summarise and paraphrase ideas where possible (but always reference them)
- Be sure to acknowledge other work every time you use ideas, information or words from it.
- Develop your own voice and style in your writing
- Develop your own ideas
- Leave plenty of time to complete your assignment
- Ask for help from a tutor or advisor if you need it.
Now we’d like to hear from you. Go the website for your future university, and search for a statement of the university’s policy on academic integrity, academic misconduct or plagiarism. Is it clear to you what’s expected of you in relation to your academic writing? Share your thoughts below.
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