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Knowing Your Resources

Throughout your academic career, you will often be informed by universities and instructors that academic integrity violations will not be accepted or tolerated. Once you achieve entry to college-level academics, though, many instructors assume that you already know what academic integrity is and are aware of what you should be doing in your projects to maintain that integrity. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.  

A key component of maintaining academic integrity comes from knowing how colleges and universities in the United States require you to employ source material and how to conduct yourself academically. Some of you may not be accustomed to putting ideas “in your own words” because it is a sign of disrespect.  You may come from a culture where group work and collaboration are the norm or where using another’s words and ideas as your own is common and even encouraged.  For some of you, academic dishonesty may not have been discussed as clearly as is necessary to meet the standards of university-level academic work. Academic dishonesty can also come from poor research or writing habits. These are all situations that may result in not fully understanding the standards that are being required of you in your coursework.

Webster University has therefore developed resources for you to use to help understand academic integrity, develop techniques to avoid it, and deliver appropriate citations for sources that are used. This website provides you with the information that you need to know to succeed in your academic careers, regardless of your educational or cultural background.