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Exploring Academic Integrity in Your Research

A UO Libraries self-guided tutorial on integrity in library research and using sources ethically

5 - Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty

One major question is: Why are people tempted to commit academically dishonest actions at all? Some of the reasons people commit academically dishonest behaviors include:

  • They run out of time on an assignment, so they panic and take an ethically dubious shortcut
  • They get lazy and don’t want to complete their own work
  • They don’t have a good understanding of academic integrity
  • They forget to take careful notes and accidentally reuse material without attribution
  • They are afraid to ask for help from their instructor
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