A Guide to
Academic Integrity and Attribution
at Vassar College
This guide may help you in the following and similar situations:
you're new to college-level work
a professor asks you to assess or join a scholarly conversation and you don't know how to do so
you're consumed with anxiety that a professor will not think your work is original
you're not sure how to quote or summarize a source
you have a paper due tomorrow but haven't started it because you are overwhelmed with a personal crisis, so you're tempted to cut and paste from the Internet
a classmate asks to borrow your problem set "just to double check my own work," and you aren't sure what to do
you've been called before the Academic Panel for plagiarism and don't know what that means or what the implications are
This guide does not provide detailed instructions on citation styles in different fields. As noted in Part V, disciplinary forms vary; more information is available at http://libguides.vassar.edu/citingsources, which provides links to important handbooks and style manuals, both online and in print, as well as additional information about citation standards.
None of this can substitute for conversation with your professors.
Their job is to help you learn and answer your questions. When in doubt, ASK!
Co-Authors Rebecca Edwards, Professor of History on the Eloise Ellery Chair Matt Schultz, Director, Vassar Writing Center Debra Bucher, Head of Research Services, Vassar College Library David T. Bradley, Associate Professor of Physics