7.2 – Avoiding Plagiarism

Learning Objectives

  • define plagiarism,
  • describe some common types of plagiarism,
  • name one way to avoid plagiarism in your own work.


Unsure of what plagiarism actually is?

Watch Don’t lose cite of avoiding plagiarism on YouTube ( 4 mins)

Plagiarism – Media Sources

Plagiarism – Media Sources (Text version)

True or False? I need to cite media sources including images and videos?

Check your Answer: [1]

Student Responsibilities:

Academic integrity means upholding the values of your school with respect to the production of your academic work and the completion of quizzes, tests, and exams. Every college in Ontario has an academic integrity policy. Read your college’s academic integrity policy and be sure you understand your responsibilities as a student and scholar.

For more information, visit: Academic Integrity – Research – The Learning Portal at Ontario Colleges Library Services (tlp-lpa.ca)

Plagiarism – Consequences

Plagiarism – Consequences (Text version)

The minimum penalty for a first offence of plagiarism at Georgian College is …?

  1. Expulsion from the school.
  2. A grade of 0.
  3. Automatic course failure.
  4. A verbal warning.

Check your Answer: [2]

Types of Plagiarism:

There is more than one way to get accused of committing plagiarism. Watch this video to learn the different types of plagiarism so that you can avoid it in your own work.

Watch Types of plagiarism on YouTube (2 mins)

Plagiarism – Your own work

Plagiarism – Your own work (Text version)

True or False: It is okay to resubmit part of a paper that you have already written as part of a new assignment?

Check your Answer: [3]

The Why, Where, and When of Citing:

One of the easiest ways to avoid being accused of plagiarism is to always cite your sources. Watch this video for more information on why you should cite your sources, as well as where/when to cite your sources.

Watch The why, where and when of citing on YouTube (3 mins)

Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism (Text version)

True or False: The best way to avoid being accused of plagiarism is to always cite your sources?

Check your Answer: [4]

Attributions & References

This chapter (text, H5P activities and embedded videos) was adapted from “Avoiding Plagiarism” In Niagara College Libraries + Learning Commons Information Skills Online Handbook by Jackie Chambers Page and Siscoe Boschman, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

  1. True. You need to cite all of your sources including images and videos.
  2. d. The minimum penalty for a first-time offence of plagiarism at Georgian College is a verbal warning. You can also receive a zero, be asked to complete training, fail your course or be expelled from school.
  3. False. This is considered to be self-plagiarism and it is not allowed.
  4. True.


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