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Citation & Style Guides

A collection of Selkirk's citation resources

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as the presentation or submission of work or data (published or unpublished in any form), done in whole or in part by other persons, without citation or credit, as the student's own work i.e., a group project, book, journal, electronic media, etc. Selkirk College Policy 8618

Plagiarism can be intentional (directly copying a sentence or more from someone else and not acknowledging where it came from) or unintentional (accidentally forgetting to acknowledge someone's work). Whether intentional or unintentional, the consequences for cheating or plagiarism can be very serious. For further details on the consequences of plagiarism see Policy 8618 Section E.

Common Forms of Plagiarism:

  • Passing off another’s ideas or work as your own
  • Fabricating citations
  • Copying, cutting and pasting without citing the original source
  • Paraphrasing incorrectly
  • Using media files, such as image, audio or video files, without citing them
  • Forgetting to cite another's work

Avoiding Plagiarism

  •  Avoid plagiarism by carefully citing all of the sources you've used in your assignment. Refer to the appropriate citation guide for further information and examples. Ask a librarian for help if needed.
  •  Plan your assignment well ahead of its due date.
  •  If you need help understanding your assignment ask your instructor for further clarification.
  •  Take notes from the materials you'll be using by paraphrasing ideas in your own words

Bainbridge State College. (2010, January 5). Plagiarism: How to avoid it.

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