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Understanding Plagiarism

Plagiarism involves deliberately or inadvertently presenting someone else's ideas as your own. At Queen's, plagiarism is an academic offence.

To avoid plagiarism, students should ensure that all statements, opinions, findings, theory (and applications thereof) taken from another writer’s work are referenced appropriately. This rule applies whether the work is quoted, paraphrased or summarised in your written assessment.

The use of third party contracts is also strictly prohibited by the University. Third parties, sometimes referred to as essay mills, claim to produce original work for students in exchange for a fee. To commission a third party to produce work for you is a serious form of cheating. To learn how to avoid plagiarism, please watch the video to the left.