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Library Lessons: Plagiarism & How to Avoid It

1. a. Plagiarism - Definition and Word Origin


The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

Early 17th century: from Latin plagiarius ‘kidnapper’ (from plagium ‘a kidnapping’, from Greek plagion) + -ism.

Oxford English Dictionary

1. c. Google Search

Search Plagiarism in Google

Write down the number of results retrieved.

1. d. EBSCO

EBSCO Research Databases

Search Plagiarism in EBSCO

Write down the number of results retrieved.

3. You Quote It, You Note It!

You Quote it, You Note it!

Do the Plagiarism Tutorial from Acadia University. Click on the above link.

4. a. Citing Sources

Academic Integrity Policies

Academic Integrity Policies from Post Secondary Institutions

CAPU - Academic Integrity

SFU   - Avoiding Plagiarism

UBC  - Avoiding Plagiarism

UBC  - Plagiarism Fail Degree

1. b. Academic Dishonesty - Cheating or Plagiarism

Sutherland Code of Conduct

Staff who suspect students of cheating on assessments or handing in assignments completed by other individuals without appropriate acknowledgement, or of otherwise being academically dishonest, will inform the grade administrator and the incident will be investigated. 

Potential Consequences for 1st INCIDENCE of Academic Dishonesty:

  • not being given credit for the test or assignment (receiving 0 credit)
  • other classroom level consequences may be designated by the classroom teacher
  • grade counsellor and parent/guardian contact
  • conduct entry on student information system
  • other teachers of student made aware of student  behaviour
  • deemed ineligible for recognition, awards, and/or scholarships
  • declined request for reference letters

A subsequent incident in any course could result in:

  • all of the above consequences
  • a letter in the student's permanent file
  • a failing grade and/or removal from the course

p. 23 - Agenda Book

2. b. Melanie Trump and Michelle Obama side-by-side comparison

from CNN

4. b. Plagiarism Rap (Cite Your Sources)

from the University of Alberta