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In the presentation titled, “Academic Honesty-Principles to Practice”, Dr. Celina Garza defines plagiarism as “… the representation, intentionally or unwittingly, of the ideas, words or work of another person without proper, clear and explicit acknowledgment” (Garza, 2014). Basically, plagiarism is about not not giving credit to someone for their work, whether it’s written text, a photograph, piece of artwork, or some other digital format such as an audio or video recording.
Another aspect of academic dishonesty is cheating. Cheating on a test, copying someone else’s work, or submitting work of your own that you have previously submitted in another course is unacceptable.
Under the WRDSB policy on Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting, students are required to provide evidence of their own learning. Students who submit plagiarized work have not demonstrated their own understanding of course content and skills, and may face a variety of penalties, such as detention, suspension or exemption from scholarship eligibility. A mark of zero is not assigned for plagiarized work; students will be required to demonstrate their understanding in another activity or assignment, but some repercussions may be worse than a mark of zero.
Always cite your sources. Record your sources as you work. Use a digital note to record the author’s name, title of publication, publishing information, date, and page or website address.
Know when to quote or paraphrase. Supporting your writing with quotations or paraphrased information from expert sources adds credibility to your work.
For more information on quoting and citing sources, see the WRDSB virtual Library pages on Academic Honesty.
To learn more about tools to help you with citation, see the GPSS Library’s webpage on Citation Tools.
Garza, C. (2014 October). Academic Honesty: Theories into Practice. Retrieved 25 January 2018 from http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/71f2f66b529f48a8a61223070887373a/academic-honesty.-principles-into-practice—celina-garza.pdf
CHCI Teacher Librarian Rose Marie Davis
Waterloo Region District School Board
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