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Bow Valley College (BVC) expects learners to follow academic integrity policies. There are serious consequences for students that break these expectations. A common form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. BVC's Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as:
"the representation, intentionally or unwittingly, of the ideas, words or work of another person or artificial intelligence (AI) entity without proper, clear and explicit acknowledgment” (2022, p. 3).
It is important to acknowledge, or give credit to, the authors of the sources you use in assignments. If you do not give credit, you are plagiarizing the author's work.
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.