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Prevent Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

As defined in the University of Windsor's Student Code of Conduct, plagiarism is the act of copying, reproducing or paraphrasing significant portions of one’s own work, or someone else's published or unpublished material (from any source, including the internet), without proper acknowledgement, representing these as new or as one's own. 

Plagiarism applies to all intellectual endeavours and is applied to the creation and presentation of

  • Music
  • Drawings
  • Designs
  • Dance
  • Photography
  • Lab Reports
  • Essays
  • Take-home exams etc.


Of the student - you must learn to use the writing formats as required in your area of study

Of the Instructors - they must inform you in writing of any significant individual interpretations of plagiarism. 

If you are unsure of what constitutes as plagiarism, do not hesitate to ask your instructor or TA/GA.

Additional resources about citing, referencing, summarizing, and paraphrasing, all of which can be used to prevent plagiarism (PDF).