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An Introduction to the Library for Respiratory Therapy Students

What is Academic Honesty?

Academics are all about you growing as a person, learning to think like a scholar, and learning how to integrate the two. When you are learning to be a scholar, the first thing you do is find out what has been done before. You hear lectures, read books and articles, etc. Most new information is then integrated somewhat into what you think about topics.

When you formally talk about topics as an academic (even as a student), writing papers or essays for a test, you need to discuss where your new ideas came from and how they were developed. That is the purpose of citations.

It is not wrong to talk about ideas that came from other people, this demonstrates that you have read what has been done in the past and helps to give credibility to your thoughts. Scholar X had a theory about ….. and I think it can also be applied in this situation to solve this problem, or to explain a phenomenon.


Always use a citation to indicate any ideas that are not your own. Citations include both an in-text citation such as a parenthetic reference, a footnote or endnote (or a caption if in a presentation) as well as a listing in the Bibliography or Reference List. Don't forget that anything copied directly needs to be in quotation marks and have a citation. Citations are not just for written papers, you should cite your sources when creating a PowerPoint presentation, or other multimedia presentation. 


If you didn't do the work, don't claim the work. This is applicable to papers, presentations, and using your own answers on tests and quizzes. It also applies to purchasing or "borrowing" another person's assignment. It applies to images and software code as well; cite it or do your own work. Cheating applies to the sharer as well as the borrower. Don't share work with someone (either a test or an assignment) that you know they are planning to pass off as their own.


Group work can be confusing: Whose ideas are whose; and What can everyone use in their individual reports; vs. What should I write on my own? If you work on a project together and don’t have individual responsibilities to report on, you should write up the group’s conclusions in your own words based on your ideas about what you found. You might also be asked to give your opinion in support, or not of the group discussion. Check with your instructor for more guidance on how to delineate your efforts.

Plagiarism @ KSU

In the Fall Semester of 2012, Kent State University implemented a new policy on student cheating and plagiarism. Below is general information on the policy in regards to plagiarism. Complete details of the policy can be accessed here: 3-01.8 Administrative Policy on Student Cheating and Plagiarism.


According to the university policy "Plagiarize" means to take and present as one's own a material portion of the ideas or words of another or to present as one's own an idea or work derived from an existing source without full and proper credit to the source of the ideas, words, or works. As defined, plagiarizing includes, but is not limited to:

  • The copying of words, sentences and paragraphs directly from the work of another without proper credit;
  • The copying of illustrations, figures, photographs, drawings, models, or other visual and nonverbal materials, including recordings, of another without proper credit; and
  • The presentation of work prepared by another in final or draft form as one's own without citing the source, such as the use of purchased research papers.

Resources for Students

The following links are provided to help students learn and practice techniques for avoiding plagiarism.

Source: Kent State University, University Libraries, "Academic Honesty and Plagiarism"