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Academic Integrity for Students

What is Plagiarism?

In Assiniboine's Policy A25, plagiarism is defined as "using another's words, ideas, theories or images without crediting the source" (Assiniboine Community College, 2013). Sources are credited through the citations and references of American Psychological Association [APA] style. The most common sources for the work of "another" used and not cited by Assiniboine students are:

  • websites found through search engines like Google


Other sources of plagiarism are:

  • friends
  • classmates
  • parents
  • siblings
  • spouses
  • partners
  • tutors
  • students in similar programs at other schools


It's recommended that course outlines and assignment instructions be very clear on citing expectations in order to avoid confusion. This is especially true for:

  • images
  • formulas
  • coding
  • other non-textual information

In all cases, talk to your instructor regarding their expectations about citing and plagiarism.