Avoiding Plagiarism

Academic Integrity

Algonquin’s Plagiarism Directive states:

Plagiarism, whether done deliberately or accidentally, is defined as presenting someone else’s work, in whole or in part, as one’s own. It includes the verbal or written submission of another work without crediting that source. This applies to ideas, wording, code, graphics, music, and inventions. It includes all electronic sources, including the Internet, television, video, film, and recordings, all print and written sources, such as books, periodicals, lyrics, government publications, promotional materials, and academic assignments; and all verbal sources such as conversations and interviews. (Algonquin College. 2006. Plagiarism Directive AA20.)

Academic sanctions can vary from having to complete a course on academic integrity to being suspended.

Make sure that you keep track of where you found your information. For more information on the various formats for citing your sources please see the subject guide: Citing and Referencing Sources, and/or more information that is available in the Library.

Faculty May Help By:

  • Clearly stating what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Designing assignments that make plagiarism less likely.
  • Making the research process part of the mark.
  • Showing students how to properly cite traditional and digital resources for their bibliographies (for both paraphrasing and quotations).
  • Ensuring that penalties for plagiarism are clear and identifying what steps will be taken if it occurs in your class.