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This guide explains what plagiarism is, why it's important, and how to avoid it.


As a student at Columbia College, you are expected to submit original work and provide citations when you use other people's words or ideas. 

This tutorial is meant to help you understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Each section is accompanied by a quiz to help you test your understanding. 

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Define plagiarism and recognize different types of plagiarism

  • Understand why avoiding plagiarism is important

  • Develop skills to help you avoid plagiarism

  • Understand academic integrity and your responsibilities as a student to act honestly

Columbia College's Plagiarism Policy

Columbia College's Plagiarism and Cheating Policy states: 

"Plagiarism (the presentation of another’s words, ideas, or creations as one’s own) is regarded as a serious offence at Columbia College. Associated dishonest practices include cheating, the faking or falsification of data, and the uttering of false statements in order to obtain unjustified concessions." 

Plagiarism and cheating can result in:

  • getting zero on an assignment

  • failing the course

  • suspension or expulsion 

Plagiarism Tutorials