Checking with professors about their expectations for citing sources. A job well done is a job well done and an assignment worthy of a good grade should stand on its own merit but how you achieve a mark can depend on how correctly you recognize the work of others that helped you prove that crucial point or make that eloquent argument. AMA, MLA, or Chicago, citation criteria can sound like award show season mixed with a pizza order so take the time to confirm with your prof the style they require and ask for examples in their definition is slightly different than Wikipedia.

Reading the syllabus and assignment instructions carefully. Check the map before starting your journey. It’s dangerous out there so take this…syllabus. This helpful and official document outlines not just the timelines and content of the curriculum but also the weight of each assignment, presentation, quiz, and exam. Look, panic happens, we’ve all stared at the sneering cyclops that is our computer screen at some unknown hour trying to come up with Shakespearean science terms for how game theory is really about electrical engineering. If you plan these moments of inspirational madness a week before a deadline, especially one for a heavier assignment, the energy expended will have a better return on investment than that time Warren Buffet invented the stock market (source needed).Asking your professor for permission before you share your work. Collaboration can create exquisite entries into the history of academic thought but it can also lead to you getting booted from school and explaining to everyone why you’re such a fool.

Planning ahead because procrastination and the lack of time lead to the temptation to cheat. We said it before and we’ll say it again: READ YOUR SYLLABUS..SYLLABI?? Sorry for yelling but we can’t stress enough the importance of the opening day document. By reading your syllabus closely and asking early on about the elements of an assignment or quiz can help you schedule your study and workload. This time-budgeting (see the Netflix special this summer) will reduce the panic that comes near the deadline and the temptation to look for easy answers, stupid shortcuts, or other people’s ideas.

Make smart decisions and take honourable action by doing your own work, diligently studying for exams, and writing your own essays.

We strongly recommend students take Arts 099, it is a free online class which teaches everything about avoiding academic misconduct. The course is designed to help students learn about academic integrity, thereby positioning them to succeed in undergraduate studies. Click here for more info:
It is also smart to check out the ‘Avoiding Plagiarism: Introduction’ resource from Archer Library, which can be found here:  There you will find out about what is considered plagiarism and ways to ensure you’re citing sources correctly.

Always Cite your sources. We came up with these pointers off the top of our head but if you simply must check our sources here you go: the internet.

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