Although there are many styles of, and formats for, academic writing, they all have something in common: they communicate new and emerging knowledge in a discipline by building upon knowledge that has been established previously. That “old” knowledge must be recognized and credited through proper citations and references of the sources. Acknowledging sources in this way is one of the most important things academic writers—at all levels—do. Recognizing others’ contributions is more than just an academic convention; it shows respect for the full academic community by connecting readers and writers to the web of knowledge.
In addition, acknowledging your sources accurately and appropriately will help you present your ideas and original statements in your own voice, distinguishing your argument from the arguments made by others. When you cite others, it should most often be to provide the evidence, context, and counterpoint that supports your argument.
This module is designed to enhance your understanding of the role of academic honesty in academic writing as well as within the larger academic community. It provides guidelines for establishing good habits while conducting library research, while taking notes on what you read , and when using those sources in your own writing, habits that will help you adhere to the conventions of academic honesty and avoid plagiarism in your writing.