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Plagiarism: FAQs

What is Plagiarism?

How Common is Plagiarism?

  • In a 2002-2003 survey of Canadian undergraduate students, 37% reported plagiarizing at least once during the past year (Christensen Hughes and McCabe).
  • In a 2011 survey of Canadian undergraduate students, 30% reported plagiarizing at least once since starting university (Jurdi et al.).

How do You Avoid Plagiarizing?

  • Use quotation marks or block indents to indicate when you quote another person's words.
  • Your paraphrases should not closely resemble the sentences you are paraphrasing. See six steps to effective paraphrasing.
  • Cite the source you are quoting or paraphrasing.
  • For further information please see these books or ask a librarian.

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Works Cited

Christensen Hughes, Julia M., and Donald L. McCabe. "Academic Misconduct within Higher Education in Canada." Canadian Journal of Higher Education, vol. 36, no. 2, 2006, pp. 1-21, journals.sfu.ca/cjhe/index.php/cjhe/article/view/183537

Jurdi, Rozzet, et al. "Academic Dishonesty in the Canadian Classroom: Behaviours of a Sample of University Students." Canadian Journal of Higher Education, vol. 41, no. 3, 2011, pp. 1-35, journals.sfu.ca/cjhe/index.php/cjhe/article/view/1

Storey, William Kelleher. Writing History: A Guide for Students. 5th ed. Oxford UP, 2016.