Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

As an institution committed to the principles of a liberal education, Bowdoin seeks to promote a free and honest exchange of ideas among its faculty and students.

To maintain the integrity of this exchange, we submit for evaluation only work that is genuinely the product of our own efforts, make explicit all forms of collaboration, acknowledge and properly cite research sources, and ensure that all members of the Bowdoin community have access to the resources they need to carry out their research. As a Bowdoin student, you should apply these principles of academic honesty to all of your assignments. Remember that professors assign papers and projects to assess your own level of understanding of a topic and hear your original ideas about the subject; they already know what the established sources have to say and are looking for fresh perspectives. Learning to think creatively and independently is an important goal of a Bowdoin education and academic honesty reinforces this objective.

In addition to expressing your own unique ideas about a topic, a paper or project should effectively document the sources you consulted while developing those ideas. This is the crucial process of citing sources. Citing sources allows you to:

  • Participate in a community of scholars
  • Enable others to build on or verify your research
  • Show your familiarity with other scholars' ideas on a subject
  • Give credit to others for their work
  • Differentiate between which ideas are yours and which come from others
  • Develop within yourself academic and personal integrity
  • Avoid the serious academic and personal consequences of plagiarizing

We have compiled a variety of resources on issues of academic honesty, plagiarism, and citation. These sources provide information that will assist students in complying with the Bowdoin Academic Honor Code:


    (CBB version of tutorial/self-test)

    (Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Education-How to Recognize Plagiarism)


Bowdoin College would like to acknowledge the use within this website of content from the CBB (Colby, Bates and Bowdoin) Plagiarism Resource Site, a collaborative project originally funded by the Center for Educational Technology, Middlebury College and developed by Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges. The CBB site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The College would also like to thank MIT for granting permission to link into the MIT Academic Integrity website.