Library Researcher Series: Plagiarism

Session Description: What is Plagiarism?

Develop knowledge that will prevent you from inadvertently misusing resources while writing your research paper.

Plagiarism Defined

The University of Saskatchewan defines plagiarism as “the presentation of the work or idea of another in such a way as to give others the impression that it is the work or idea of the presenter.  Adequate attribution is required.  What is essential is that another person have no doubt which words or research results are the student’s and which are drawn from other sources” (Office of the University Secretary, 2012).  In other words, don't take credit for something that is not yours. 

For more information on University policies, please review the following links:

Why use citations?

Citations are used for a variety of reasons:

  • to give credit to the work of others
  • to help readers find more information
  • to share useful resources
  • protection from plagiarism.

It is this last point that is usually of the most importance to the student community. The proper use of citations is integral to avoiding an accusation of plagiarism and upholding academic honesty and integrity.

Incorporating Sources Into Your Paper

Now that you've done your research, it's time to write! But how do you include all of the information that you've found into your essay? This great interactive video from the Cooperative Library Instruction Project gives step-by-step instruction on how to incorporate your sources into the body of your essay, whether by direct quoting, paraphrasing or summarizing. It teaches about analysing sources and using them to support your argument.

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Using your own article in your thesis?

Are you planning to use your published journal article as a chapter in your thesis?  Did you know you need to cite yourself and seek copyright clearance?  Check these sites for more information: 

Session Information

This session was offered on Oct 2 in the Murray Library in the Collaborative Learning Lab, Room 145 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  There was an encore presentation in the Engineering Building, Room 2B04 (the Delta Lab) on Oct 20 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Paraphrasing Resources

Credit - Cite it Right!

Part of using research information in an ethical manner includes citing your sources in the body of your work as well as in your reference list.  We will be hosting two sessions on Managing Your Citations in this workshop series (October 15th and November 19th) if you are interested in learning more about citation styles and RefWorks. 

Listed below are some of the main citation styles: