Peer response 3 | GEN 103 Information Literacy | Ashford University

 Your responses to your classmates must be substantive. Share ideas, explore differences, and think critically about your classmates’ posts. Bring in information from your textbook, classroom resources or other credible sources that you find to contribute to the discussion. You are invited to share relevant audio, video, or images in your responses. You must cite and reference any sources you use, even in your responses to your classmates. It must be at least 100 words.


 Academic integrity is the students’ dedication even in difficult times to follow the five fundamental education values. The values include trust, responsibility, honesty, respect, and fairness (Eaton, 2017). These values are crucial to me as a scholar and professional because they guide the academic community to interpret principles into actions. Ahmed (2018) believes academic integrity can be incorporated into the orientation program of new college students. Providing students with enough information before they are affected by an existing culture of cheating, for instance, is essential in maintaining and restoring academic honesty.

Some of the elements of academic dishonesty include plagiarism and cheating. Eaton (2017) describes plagiarism as literary theft, a sin, or a violation. The online writing article chosen has elements of plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism can be considered the act of borrowing another academician’s texts or inappropriate citation. The author does not cite information from where he obtained them. Guest writing and ghostwriting are sometimes considered part of the plagiarism group. In medical sciences, guest writing is frequent because it allows the real author to use another author to write their paper to get credibility (Eaton, 2017). Cheating is an academic violation that entails using study guides in examinations, using unauthorized materials or using other students’ information during an academic exercise. The fact that the author uses material without citing can also be considered cheating because unauthorized content from another article.

The strategy I will use to avoid plagiarism and cheating mainly acknowledging that some information from my work is borrowed by citing the authors. Information borrowed from other academicians can be paraphrased and cited or used as a direct quote and cited. I can avoid cheating by sticking to academically qualified sources and reducing the pressure from factors that might force me to cheat in exams. For instance, working part-time can be stressful during the exam period. I can therefore increase my study hours by taking a break from work to concentrate on preparing for the examination. As a scholar, I owe my readers accurate information generated from critical evaluation of authorized material and acknowledging other academicians’ work.


Ahmed, S. S. (2018). Impact of cheating university examination on quality of education in Kenya: a case of Umma University, Kenya. European Journal of Education Studies, 5(1), 272-287.

Eaton, S. E. (2017). Comparative analysis of institutional policy definitions of plagiarism: A pan-Canadian university study. Interchange48(3), 271-281.


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