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The Information Honor Code

This is the CampusGuide for the GCC Library's Information Ethics Zoom workshop and is in the development stage.

Reflection on Academic Dishonesty

Why do you think people are academically dishonest?

  • Not enough time to complete a project
  • Stress
  • Tired
  • Ran out of ideas
  • Worried about failing or doing poorly on a paper or assignment

The remedy?

Good timing habits; giving yourself time to learn and evaluate.


Strategies to Avoid Academic Dishonesty

Strategy #1 - Time Management

  • Good timing habits

  • Giving yourself time to learn and evaluate


Strategy #2 - Recognize what needs citation and attribution

  • Citing any intellectual property that is not common knowledge, your opinion from another work, and some creative common works.

Why do we give credit to the sources we use?

When you cite or neglect to cite a source you use in your work, you're telling people, including your instructors and peers, about your values and ethics. 

When you cite intellectual property, it shows that you respect the hard work of the creators of content you have used in your work to prove or support your thesis. You're saying that you're a serious researcher and back up your ideas with the work that has preceded yours. You're adding your voice to the conversation of many, and in turn, someone may cite your paper or other work someday, giving you credit for your ideas.

You're also giving credit to the voices of those who have or continue to be ignored by the academic (and real) world. Here are a few communities that are working together to make sure their voices are not only heard but given credit for their ideas. Click on each one to find out more about their stories and missions:

Don't see a group here that you think should be included? Or do you know of an organization that supports the scholarship of a specific underrepresented community? Let us know by contacting the library at Please make sure to mention this workshop/CampusGuide in the subject line.


Strategy #3 - Use citation styles

  • What citation styles should I use? 

This depends on the discipline. The chart below offers some guidance on when you should use a particular citation style.

This chart shows the three citation styles used in many colleges and universities. There are many more types, depending on the discipline you are studying and the country where the college is located. Always defer to your instructor when using a citation style for your paper, and make sure you are using the most recent edition. 

Three common citation styles and their related disciplines*
Citation Style Disciplines Used (A short list)
MLA English languages and literature, foreign languages, other humanities courses
APA Psychology, education, nursing, business, sociology
Chicago History, religion

(from "What Style Should I Use?" Southern New Hampshire University Shapiro Library)

In-text citation examples: MLA and APA

In-text citations for MLA Style

In-text citations for APA Style


Strategy #4 - Get help at the Library's Research Help Desk

Further Sources to Explore

Explore these other sources to help get a handle on Academic Honesty and how to cite sources:

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