Plagiarism is using others’ words, ideas, and/or work of any format without clearly acknowledging the source.  It does not matter whether the plagiarism was intentional or not.

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit (i.e., immediately after you use the source in the project AND again in your “Works Consulted” list) whenever you:

  • quote or paraphrase another person’s spoken or written words;
  • use another person’s idea, opinion, or theory; or,
  • use facts, statistics, graphs, images or any piece of information in any format that is not common knowledge

Possible consequences for plagiarism range from being required to re-do the assignment to suspension from school.

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