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Academic Integrity

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when you use another person's ideas, words, or artistic work in your own work without giving credit to the original author.

Copying and pasting a sentence from a website into an essay without acknowledging the website is an example of plagiarism.

The key to all learning is exploring the words, ideas and creations of others. 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 there are penalties for plagiarizing in your work.

At Centennial we follow the college's Academic Honesty & Plagiarism Policy.

How to 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.

Cite your sources

Document the sources in your work using citations and references.  

The library has guides to commonly used citation styles:

Visit The Learning Portal’s How to Cite module for information about how and why to cite your sources.