Plagiarism is copying someone else’s information and claiming it as your own. You must give written credit for sources of information you use for your work. Information includes, not only text, but graphics, works of art, compositions, symbols, sayings, cartoons, excerpts, and quotations.
If you don't give credit for your sources you may not get credit for your assignment. Your teacher(s) and/or the school administration may also decide on other disciplinary action.
Here is a guide to copyright in Canada from the Council of Ministers of Education:
Copyright Matters! Some Key Questions and Answers
Cite it right!
Writers and researchers use several different styles to cite information sources. For guides on how to use two of the more common styles check these guides:
APA, MLA and other citation styles are updated frequently to take into account changing formats for information sources. The guides above are approximate. For more detailed information go to:
APA Style and MLA Style guides and animated tours of APA and MLA from Simon Fraser University Library
The official APA and MLA guides are also available in the library. Search for them using the library online catalogue.
Here is a sample list of Works Cited based on student research about George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. How could it be improved?
Download the Notes Template to simplify taking notes, citing your sources and the writing process.
Although not as reliable as creating your own these online forms can help you create your reference lists:
APA at the Writing Centre, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Student Guide at Capital Community College, Hartford CT
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