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Writing with integrity

Writing with integrity requires finding your own authorial voice, and maintaining a clear and consistent distinction between this voice and the voices of the authors you are using as sources. Keith Hjortshoj offers some helpful advice on the challenges of “establishing a voice” in the chapter “Theft, Fraud, and the Loss of Voice” from his book, The Transition to College Writing.

Writing with integrity also requires careful attention to the formal conventions of academic citation, which serve to distinguish your voice as an author from the voices of your sources.

The following sections offer a step-by-step overview of these conventions, with examples and illustrations of some of the most challenging ones: