Plagiarism, as defined by Georgian College's (n.d.) Academic Regulations, is
"the representation of another's words or ideas as one’s own, in any academic work" (section 8.2.3).
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Plagiarism and You
You have probably heard the term plagiarism before, but you might have questions about what it is or how it is relevant for you. This video will answer these questions so that you can avoid plagiarization in your work.
So what is plagiarism exactly?
Plagiarism is when a person presents someone else’s work as their own without giving proper credit to the original source. Even if you only use parts of a work, or you do it by accident, any time you use someone else’s work as your own without permission or without giving credit it is plagiarism. This includes copying work from online sources.
This doesn’t just include text, it is also ideas, images, code, graphics, music, videos, inventions, and even song lyrics! This work is someone else’s intellectual property, and, just like with physical property, taking it without giving credit is theft.
Plagiarizing at Algonquin College is considered academic dishonesty, and it reflects poorly on you if you do it.
What counts as plagiarism?
There are many different kinds of plagiarism, including these examples:
Plagiarism also includes:
What are my responsibilities as a student?
You are responsible for reviewing Algonquin College’s policy on plagiarism, which you can find on the College website. It is also your responsibility not to plagiarize. So, if you plagiarize and get caught, you can’t just say, “Oh, I didn’t know I couldn’t do that” because it’s up to you to know about it.
In the case of group work, make sure you look at what your group is handing in. If another group member plagiarized, that could affect you. The College’s policy says that all of the group members may be held responsible for plagiarism unless the plagiarism can be directly credited to a specific group member.
What are the consequences of plagiarism?
The College policy on plagiarism lists eight possible sanctions that can be applied for plagiarism. Which sanction is applied depends on how serious the plagiarism is and whether or not it is the first time that person plagiarized.
The sanctions are:
The consequences for plagiarism go beyond academic sanctions. Plagiarizing can damage your reputation. Plagiarizing tells people that you are not trustworthy, and it makes you seem less capable. If you plagiarize if your career, you can cause serious damage to your professional life, and there may even be legal repercussions.
So how can I avoid plagiarizing?
The primary way to avoid plagiarism is by being honest when you work on projects, and don’t try to present anything that you haven’t created yourself as your own. If you do use something that was created by someone else, make sure to give them credit by citing the source.
You can find information about the citation styles through the Library. The Library’s online guide ‘Citing and Referencing Sources’ has guides and tools to help you cite in APA, MLA, IEEE, and other styles. [algonquincollege.libguides.com/citingandreferencing].
Plagiarism is serious and can affect your academic career and professional reputation. We hope this video helped you better understand plagiarism and how you can avoid it.
For more details about how Algonquin College deals with plagiarism, you can find the plagiarism policy, policy AA20, on the list of College policies at algonquincollege.com/policies.
Video source: The Learning Portal / Le Portail d’Apprentissage. (2019, September 9). Plagiarism and you [Video].YouTube. https://youtu.be/eYhGPHAnFak
Self-plagiarism is defined in Georgian College's (n.d) academic regulations as:
"the resubmission of previous work, or portions thereof without the permission of the current faculty" (section 8.2.3).
This means, unless you have specific permission from your professor, you must:
You can avoid plagiarism by:
Many courses at Georgian College use APA citation style. Read your assignment carefully to ensure you meet your Professor's expectations around citation.
Web-Based Resources to help you learn APA style:
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Penalties for Academic Misconduct range in severity, depending on the situation and the number of prior academic misconduct issues.
The initial penalties for academic integrity offences at Georgian College may include:
Depending on the academic misconduct, your professor may also ask you to complete additional academic integrity training, attend a workshop or seek individual help to ensure that you can learn from the mistake and move on to be successful in your future assignments.
Academic Misconduct offences are recorded by the Registrar's office.
After one or more offences, penalties increase in severity and may also include:
Review the Georgian College Academic Integrity Regulations for full details about academic integrity and misconduct, including definitions, policies and procedures, and consequences.
Georgian College. (n.d.). 8. Academic integrity. Retrieved April 25, 2023, from https://cat.georgiancollege.ca/academic-regulations/integrity/