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Research 101

What is Plagiarism

The Queens University Honor Code, assumes that students: a) are truthful at all times, b) respect the property of others, and c) are honest in tests, examinations, term papers, and all other academic assignments.

When you turn in an assignment with your name on it, you are asserting — on your honor — that it is your own work. Unless you have demonstrated, with proper documentation, that you are incorporating someone else's ideas or words, you are asserting the ideas and words are yours and yours alone.

To do otherwise, in any of the work you do for class (be it homework, in-class writing, essays or research papers), is to plagiarize. Committing plagiarism can get you expelled.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Here are some tips to avoid plagiarism:

Improving your note taking skills will help you avoid plagiarism and help with your critical thinking skills. Also when you are doing your research make sure to save the information from the sources that you have looked up. Use the cite function if that is available in the databases that you use. If you do use the cite function make sure that you double check the citation is the correct style. 

Plagiarism 101 has more information about what it is and how to avoid plagiarism.

The next set of videos will explain the best practices when you are summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting from the research you have found.

When you are unsure if you should cite sources the best thing to do is to cite your source. It is better to over cite than not to cite your source. 

Research Companion