Integrity and Work
There is a huge importance of citing sources to prove the information researched is credible and true, it also “avoids plagiarizing” (Why, N.d.). Culture, people and trends must have “proof of something” they are reading, learning or discussing, it is no longer based on trust and faith. I believe that even if one invented something and wrote a paper on it, one would still need some type of proof or “evidence of your research” (Why, N.d) by using other sources. It was noted that words in general can be interpreted in so many ways. Two people could read the same article and “interpret” it completely different (Ghose, 2013). So “one’s own words” are just not good enough.
There are many ways of doing research. It could be believed that the studies today and how people retrieve the data would be considered spoiled. With the many ways of gathering the data, there are also many ways of being biased in having the audience view ones information the way the writer wants the audience to interpret the information. So, yes, the information is easily found, the data can be gathered quite quickly and articles are in smaller formats versus a 500 page book that was hidden in the depths of the library. However, “Plagiarism is Easy, but also Easy To Detect” and make those words “your own” (Lyon, et al, 2006). Plagiarism is stealing. Stealing is distrust. This is an important factor of “academic integrity”.
Academic integrity is about “morals and ethics; it is about credibility. “Credibility is something that you have to earn” (Establishing, N.d). “Credibility is a combination of being seen to be trustworthy, convincing, and reliable and the way to break through the ‘belief barrier’ is to build empathy” (Bourne, 2013). When one does not do as they “teach” others will not follow. This is proven over and over again that it “starts from the top” (Doug & Polly, N.d.). If one starts lying about information they claim is theirs, it degrades their credibility. You may fool a few people initially, but the truth always comes out in the end.