Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: "The act of stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as one's own."  

  • You must properly acknowledge your sources of information by citing them. If you do not cite your sources, you may be accused of violating academic integrity. Examples of actions that violate academic integrity include plagiarism and cheating.

Examples of Plagiarism:

  • using ideas or direct, verbatim quotations, paraphrased material, algorithms, formulae, scientific or mathematical concepts, or ideas without appropriate acknowledgment in any academic assignment
  • purchasing a pre-written paper (either by mail or electronically)
  • letting someone else write part or all of a paper for you or paying someone else to write part or all of a paper for you
  • submitting as your own someone else's unpublished work (including a computer program or algorithm), either with or without permission
  • submitting a take-home examination, essay, laboratory report or other assignment written, in whole or in part, by someone else
  • submitting as your own, work done jointly by a group in which you may have participated.
  • submitting work done by you, but for another class or another purpose without documenting that it was previously used.

The Carleton University Academic Integrity policy defines academic integrity as follows:

"Sound scholarship rests on a commitment to a code of academic integrity that stresses principles of honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility. The university demands integrity of scholarship from all of its members including students. The quality and integrity of academic work is paramount in achieving student success."  Refer to Carleton University's Academic Integrity web site for more details.

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Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021