Integrity in academics defines responsibility and honesty in scholarship. The integrity question in all academic works and in a student’s setting in particular should always be stressed. In the light of this fraudulence and plagiarism is a taxing thorn in the flesh of many English academic institutions, which are expected to mould and define the tomorrow society. Although the harm that these two variables cause can be viewed as gradual, the negative impact it brings along may be detrimental in the long run. Addressing these two issues has nonetheless become a monstrous menace due to the shifting dynamics and perceptions of all concerned parties in regards as to what constitutes to ethical breach in scholarship. Students can take it within their mandate to generate original work and avoid these discrepancies.This piece of writing seeks to address the ample approach within which students can combat the common adversary of plagiarism and academic dishonesty.
The fear of failure and that of taking individual risks in academic works has been attributed as the chief cause of academic dishonesty and plagiarism in scholarship (reference: https://essayforum.com/scholarship/). From the onset students should be made aware that coursework exists in order to aid and grade them in their academic quest. The grading is adopted as the constraints of how well they have accomplished their academic goal. On prompt indulgent of this fact and out of their individual volition they should set a mandate of working for grades borne out of their own effort and understanding. Moreover, they should aspire to become ethical writers who make bold efforts of reluctantly acknowledging contexts, sources and genres which are not accredited to them.
Another approach that students can employ in this quest is note taking. This approach can be executed by marking actual quotes, making a note of the page number, bibliography information and citations as well. Paraphrasing these notes while using own words and making sure they do not lose the original author’s intentions. In addition, there is always the need for clarity in academics and thus communicating with a tutor is vital for any student since the information they put forth helps a lot. This form of advancement allows a student to follow guidelines on the assignments and referencing styles to be employed if any. Also when writing any academic material as a student, one should feel motivated to commence with a short outline that gives a guide of the task at hand. By developing the short draft, it gives way to original thoughts and ideas, hence the integration and understanding of content. Continuous mastering of such delineated instructions would in the long run yield a near ethical student who generates original piece of English-language writing.
Another preeminent technique that a student doing research in English can apply in avoiding the unethical scholarship is by practicing the use of short verbal presentation while submitting their projects. Every sheer attempt in explaining problems and concepts marks a step forward to perfection. This builds their confidence and novelty in whatever task they set on to undertake since it constitutes to self-believe and originality. Time management skills by students also add value to their preparation in academics. By making sure that the time available is accounted for and put into proper use help in prevention of plagiarism and dishonesty in scholarship since the student has enough time to compute and consolidate his/her work.
In conclusion, these few considerations, if indeed put into use would help in combating the problem of dishonesty and plagiarism in academics. The aspirations and dreams of a plagiarism free-society can surely be met if the above aspects are incorporated. Hopefully the aspiration of producing fully backed scholars is still alive in the hearts of ethical society.