Welcome to the RGO LLC guide to academic honesty and plagiarism. This guide has recommended library resources, online videos, interactive tutorials and websites to help you:
For in-person help, go to a drop-in workshop in the library.
Bow Valley College (BVC) expects learners to follow academic honesty policies. There are serious consequences for students that break these expectations. A common form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. BVC's student handbook defines plagiarism as:
"that which is represented as one’s own work and has been deliberately copied from any outside source, including other students’ work” (2013, p. 26).
Plagiarism is a serious offense with consequences that may include:
Examples of activities considered plagiarism include:
Watch this humourous video with examples of plagiarism from the University of Alberta:
Avoiding plagiarism is simple - always properly cite the original source of the ideas and research findings that you are reproducing and using in an essay or research paper.
This applies regardless of the manner of reproduction. If you are quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing from a source, you must recognize the original by using a citation style (such as APA or MLA).
To avoid plagiarism...
Use this flowchart to help determine if you need to cite a source to avoid plagiarism:
Why You Must Cite Sources
This video explains some of the reasons why it is important to cite sources when writing an academic research paper.