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Avoiding Plagiarism & Academic Honesty

Avoiding Plagiarism You Quote It! You Note It! Video Tutorial

What is plagiarism?

Do you know what plagiarism means? Plagiarism is the term used to describe a form of cheating or stealing.

Most cases of plagiarism can be identified by a professor in a few minutes using today's technology. Plagiarizing in college can have a profound impact on your future, whether you're caught or not.

To avoid plagiarism, all students must document sources properly using Footnotes, Endnotes, or Parenthetical References, and must write a Bibliography, References, or Works Cited page and place it at the end of the research paper to list the sources used. Refer to our Style & Citation Guides.

TIPS

  • Do not be tempted to get someone else to write your research paper, hand in the same essay to two or more different teachers, or purchase instant essays from the Web.
  • Do not download information from the Web or someone else's original work off the Internet and directly incorporate such information into your essay without paraphrasing and acknowledging its source.
  • Apart from being unethical, dishonest, and learning nothing in the process, your teacher probably knows you and your writing style too well for you to plagiarize successfully.
  • Most secondary schools, colleges, and universities take a dim view at plagiarism which is becoming more rampant with prevalent use of the Internet.
  • Technology has made it too easy for students to search and click for an essay and simply pay with a valid credit card for an instant download online. Consequences may be severe when students are caught plagiarizing.

  Take this 5 question Academic Integrity & Avoiding Plagiarism Quiz

 


About Academic Honesty

All members of the College community share the responsibility for maintaining a reputation for high academic standards. Academic honesty is a cornerstone in the acquisition, development and maintenance of these standards.

While studying at College of the Rockies, students are expected to produce work that is original, honest, and to avoid plagiarism.

Please familiarize yourself with the entire Academic Misconduct Policy.


The librarian has created an instructional guide to help you.

If you have any questions please contact the Library Reference Desk:

  • By email library@cotr.bc.ca
  • Call 250-489-8292 (local calls) or 877-489-2687 x.3292 (toll free)
  • Please include your name, student number and contact information when sending an email or leaving a voice message.