Intellectual honesty is willingness to advocate positions one knows to be correct, even when expression of those positions is unpopular or could lead to negative consequences for the expresser.
It is also an antidote to plagiarism:
- Distinguish carefully between your ideas and the ideas of others. This is a simple question of intellectual honesty. If you use another’s conclusions, acknowledge them. If you come to the same conclusions as another on your own, you should still acknowledge the agreement.
- The footnote should allow the reader to find or check the material being cited. Provide exact page numbers for direct quotes, and a range of page numbers for more general points.
- Plagiarism: What it is and how to avoid it - University of British Columbia