4 Academic Integrity

Learning Objectives

In this chapter you’ll learn

  • What academic integrity is
  • How to cite and reference properly as an important part of avoiding plagiarism
  • About supports and resources available in the Library to support academic integrity

What is Academic Integrity?

Academic Integrity is fundamental to learning. The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) (2020) defines academic integrity as “a commitment to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage” (p. 4).

How does the Library support Academic Integrity?

A key element of undertaking an academic course is to gain knowledge and skills that can be taken into the workplace. The Library supports students in developing information literacy skills which are fundamental in the demonstration of academic integrity. The ACRL (2015) defines information literacy as “the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning” (p. 8). During term time we offer drop-in classes and workshops on finding, using and managing information.

Citing and Referencing

Citing and referencing are two words for the same process: of documenting where you have found your information from when that information is not your own. You must refer to all sources you quote or paraphrase within your document. You should always briefly cite the sources you use in your work within the text of your paper as this will refer your reader to your reference list or bibliography where you will provide the full details of the source.


Citing & Referencing 

Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2022) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 12th ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Cite them right provides clear and comprehensive coverage of citing and referencing. This 12th edition continues to provide detailed examples for all print and electronic sources, business, government, technical and legal publications, and works of art and images. This book is available in print and also as an eBook.


International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) (2021) The fundamental values of academic integrity. 3rd edn. Available at: www.academicintegrity.org/the-fundamental-valuesof-academic-integrity (Accessed: 16 November 2023).



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