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Section: Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is presenting someone's ideas as your own without acknowledgement and is a serious offense that may result in anything from failure of the assignment to expulsion from school. York University has resources to help you understand and avoid plagiarism. Take a look at York's Academic Integrity (opens in a new window) web site which has more information about plagiarism and an online tutorial on Academic Integrity.

Quick tips on avoiding plagiarism

The following tips are excerpts from Joseph Trimmer's A Guide to MLA Documentation:

1.Document your sources whenever you:

  • use a direct quotation

  • copy a table, chart, or other diagram

  • construct a table from data provided by others

  • present examples of factual information you have taken from a specific source to support your own arguments

2. Take notes carefully making sure you identify what is a quotation or paraphrase.

3. Formulate and develop your own ideas, using your sources to support rather than replace your own.


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