Student Resources

The Office of Academic Integrity exists to uphold standards of integrity at Mason.  Part of that role includes making sure our students are aware of the resources available on campus that will help them become successful students.  If you have questions about how to access these resources, feel free to contact our office for more information.

Self Plagiarism-What is it?

Online Study Sites and Academic Integrity

Common Questions

Campus Resources

Mason has a variety of resources that can assist you with becoming a stronger scholar and more engaged student.  Often students find themselves confused about how to write, what it means to paraphrase, and how to properly cite. Sometimes students find themselves referred to the Office of Academic Integrity due to lack of planning and an inability to manage their time well. They may also simply struggle with the material.  There are offices on campus available and ready to assist you with the areas you are struggling with that may be impacting your schoolwork.

The Writing Center

Located in the Johnson Center, the Mason Writing Center provides free tutorials to assist Mason student in various aspects of writing.   Information and appointments can be scheduled by visiting the following link: University Writing Center.

Learning Services

If you are struggling with academic skills beyond writing, Learning Services provides a variety of academic skills workshops, coaching, and a tutoring program.  Information can be found by visiting the following link: Learning Services

University Libraries

No longer just a place to find books or research old documents, the staff in the University Libraries offer a variety of workshops and online tutorials aimed at helping you become a better researcher and scholar. Information regarding their workshops, tutorials, and services can be found by visiting the following link: University Library Tutorials

Office of Research Integrity and Assurance

When working on a research project, particularly those that require institutional review board approval, it is important that you have a clear understanding of what the requirements are related to successful and ethical completion of the project.  The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance is a valuable resource for gaining a greater understanding of the meaning of integrity around specialized research topics.  Information on how they can be of assistance can be found at the following link: Office of Research Integrity and Assurance

Citation Assistance

There are several types of citation styles. Which one you use will likely depend on what discipline you’re writing for. If you are writing for the Humanities, you might use MLA (Modern Language Association) citation style. If you’re writing for the sciences you may use AIP (American Institute of Physics). Below is a list of common citation styles, if you are unsure which style you should be using to cite your sources speak with your professor or contact a reference librarian.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Chicago Manual of Style

Modern Language Association (MLA)

American Psychological Association (APA)


American Institute of Physics (AIP)

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Chemical Society (ACS)


Turabian – designed for college students to use with all subjects.

AP Style – used for news writing