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Maple Woods - Plagiarism and Citations

Learn how to cite correctly and avoid plagiarism

What Is Plagiarism?

Simply put, plagiarism is the use of someone else's work without giving credit, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Plagiarism is a serious offense. It can result in a failing grade for the assignment or even the course. For more details on possible consequences, see the Student Code of Conduct.

Examples of Plagiarism

Copying word-for-word from a source without citing

Paraphrasing a source without citing

Patchwriting, or copying a section of a source and changing a few words, with or without citation

Copying and pasting from an online source without citing

Neglecting to use quotation marks around a direct quote

Importing photos, audio, or video without citing

Translating without citing the original source

Providing incorrect citation information about the source

Using a paper from the web (whether free or paid)

Using someone else's paper, even with their permision

Submitting the same paper in two classes, unless both teachers give permission

How Can I Avoid Plagiarism?


To Cite or Not to Cite?

Cite information you have used from books, articles, online databases, and websites (even if the website does not have the copyright symbol displayed).

Cite interviews, speeches, TV programs, films, live performances, ads, works of art, and letters.

You do not need to cite "common knowledge" (information broadly known by persons in the field or the audience for your paper).

When in doubt, cite!