Plagiarism Prevention | Webster University

Plagiarism Prevention

Plagiarism Prevention Introduction

Throughout your academic career, you will often be informed by universities and instructors that plagiarism will not be accepted or tolerated. Once you achieve entry to college-level academics, though, many instructors assume that you already know what plagiarism is and are aware of what you should be doing in your projects to maintain academic 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. 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 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 and the Academic Resource Center has therefore developed resources for you to use to help understand plagiarism, develop techniques to avoid it, and deliver appropriate citations for sources that are used. The following sections provide you with the information that you need to know to succeed in your academic careers, regardless of your educational or cultural background. Additionally, should students find that they have compromised Webster University’s academic honesty policy, the ARC also provides information about the Plagiarism Prevention Program and what to expect.



Academic Resource Center Hours


Writing Center Fall Term:
9 am–7 pm


9 am–4 pm

Saturday & Sunday 

1 pm–4 pm


Testing Center Fall Term:
Monday & Tuesday
10 am–4 pm
Wednesday & Thursday12 am–7 pm


10 am–4 pm