Plagiarism occurs when a writer includes another person's ideas, writings, or artistic works in his or her own work without giving credit to the other person. Copy/pasting a sentence from a website into an essay without acknowledging the website is a common example.
The key to all learning is the exploration of the writings, ideas and creations of others. Thus, as a student or researcher, you need to use - but not abuse - the work of others.
Penalties for plagiarism
Plagiarism is forbidden in academic institutions, and those who are caught plagiarizing are dealt severe penalties. See the Centennial College Academic Honesty & Plagiarism Policy.
How do I avoid plagiarism?
When you present your work show that you have:
- Explored relevant sources (done the research).
- Understood what you have studied.
- Developed views of your own, based on your studies.
For more information, please visit the Centennial Libraries page.
Visit The Learning Portal’s How to Cite module for information about how and why to cite your sources.