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A detailed guide on how to do research in the social sciences.

What is academic integrity?

Academic Integrity is the bedrock of maintaining a community of learners that is centered in fairness, respect, and trust. While certain forms of "cheating" might be blatant and self-apparent to students of all levels, true academic integrity requires a deeper level of understanding. There are many ways in which one may purposefully or inadvertently misrepresent their work, and understanding and avoiding these pitfalls ultimately enables every individual in our community of learners to grow and thrive. Knowing how to represent your work with integrity will not only make you a better scholar but also better equip you to succeed in the professional world.

While Rosemont's full Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy may be found in the Academic Catalog, listed below are the main types of academic dishonesty:

  • Cheating on exams or class assignments
  • Willful misrepresentation of information or data
  • Plagiarism
  • Unauthorized collaboration
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty of others
  • Theft or destruction of intellectual property
  • Impeding the investigation or conduct of any supervisory board

What follows is a short, ungraded self-assessment that allows you to test your own knowledge and understanding of Academic Honesty and Integrity. You may retake the quiz as many times as you like to perfect your answers. After the quiz, consult a list of further resources to help you cite your sources, avoid plagiarism of all kinds, and practice academic integrity in all aspects of your work at Rosemont.

Plagiarism v. Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing is when you use your own words to rewrite a passage written by someone else. In doing so, you cannot change the meaning of the original passage.
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