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Avoid Plagiarism

Helping students avoid accidental plagiarism

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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you use someone else's words or ideas without giving them credit. Our word plagiarism comes from the Latin word plagiarius which means "kidnapper."

It is a very serious academic offense.

Read a longer definition at the Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science by clicking here.

What might happen if you plagiarize?

One or more of these may happen:

  • Fail the assignment
  • Get suspended from class
  • Have your final class grade lowered by one or more letters
  • Fail the entire course
  • Get expelled from the University

Register for the workshop!

Learn more about what plagiarism is & how to avoid it at one of the library's workshops.

You can register for the workshops here: SFU University Workshops