Avoid plagiarism and other academic fraud

Plagiarism is a form of academic fraud that occurs when you don’t properly cite a source.

Whether it is caused by deliberate cheating or a lack of knowledge of proper source use and citing rules, plagiarism harms your reputation and your academic record.

You’re plagiarizing when you:

  • Use another person’s work or ideas (copy and paste text, images, etc.) without citing the original source.
  • Attempt to pass off someone else’s work as your own.
  • Quote, summarize or paraphrase in your work without citing the original source.
  • Change words or phrases but copy the sentence structure of a source and don’t cite the original author.

Re-using your own work (self-recycling)

Self-recycling means reusing your previously written work in a different course. Even if you are using your own writing it’s still plagiarism.

In its definition of academic fraud, section 1(e) of the University’s policy on academic fraud includes  “submitting the same work or a large part of the same piece of work in more than one course, or a thesis or any other piece of work submitted elsewhere without the prior approval of the appropriate professors or academic units.”

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