How Do You Define Academic Dishonesty?

CarolynBrownBy Dr. Carolyn I. Brown

Webster University strives to “preserve academic honor and integrity by repudiating all forms of academic and intellectual dishonesty.” In order to uphold academic honesty, consider the following rules:

  1. Use your own thoughts or credit someone else when you use their thoughts, ideas, or writings.
  2. Plagiarizing is easy to avoid when you give credit. Do this when:
    You use another’s ideas, opinions, or theories.
    You use facts, statistics, graphics, drawings, music, or any other type of information that is not common knowledge.
    You use quotations from another’s spoken or written words.
    You paraphrase another’s spoken or written words.

If you are in doubt about if and when to document your research and sources, there are several resources on campus to help you uphold academic honesty at Webster. First, talk to your instructor, who knows your assignment best and can advise you on the use of appropriate sources and research avenues. You can also contact Library Services for help toll-free at (800) 985-4279. Reference librarians are available to answer any questions you have about research and citation formatting. Finally, you can call the Writing Center at (314) 246-8644 at the St. Louis campus to ask specific citation questions or submit your paper to the Online Writing Center using the Writing Assistance tab in WorldClassRoom, under Resources, for more thorough feedback. Webster’s writing staff are experienced in various citation styles, including APA and MLA, and can advise you on using sources properly.

You do not have to be confused or lost when documenting your sources. We are here to help you avoid citation mistakes and potential plagiarism issues. You can also contact me directly at (314) 246-7668 or at Remember, when in doubt, cite!

Dr. Carolyn I. Brown is Webster University’s Writing Center Coordinator & Plagiarism Prevention Coordinator in the Academic Resource Center.