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Transcript of Plagiarism
Plagiarism is when you use someone else's words or ideas and claim them as your own.
It can even be when you use your own work in a second assignment.
What is Plagiarism?
No! This is considered academic misconduct!
In Secondary School, consequences can include having to redo the assignment, notifying the principal and your parents and even receiving 0% on the assignment.
In University, consequences include, "expulsion, i.e., the withdrawal by the University of all academic privileges for an indefinite period of time". (Integrity Officer McMaster University, 2012).
So? Doesn't everyone do it?
So how do I know if I am plagiarizing?
Some questions to ask yourself:
Did you hit copy/paste or write out full sentences from the source material ?
Did you copy from your friends?
Did you neglect to reference all the source material?
Did you neglect to paraphrase properly?
Did you neglect to include in-text citations as necessary?
If you can say no to all these questions, you have probably not plagiarized!
How Do I Reference Other People's Ideas?
Paraphrase: In the sciences, you can never quote directly. Instead, you have to take someone's ideas and paraphrase them - or restate them in your own words. In social sciences, you can quote directly or paraphrase.
Citation: Whenever you use someone else's ideas, you must give them credit by citing them after the idea and including them in your reference page.
Example: Original: Biology is the study of living things and their vital processes.
Paraphrase: The study of organisms and the processes involved in their lives is called biology. (What is Biology, n.d.).
Integrity Officer. (2012, March 14). Academic Integrity
Policy. McMaster University Policies, Procedures &
Guidelines. Retrieved December 29, 2012, from
What is Biology?. (n.d.). Kwantlen Polytechnic
University. Retrieved December 29, 2012, from
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