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Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial: Home

A tutorial to help you learn about and avoid plagiarism in your academic work.

Plagiarism @ Okanagan College

According to Okanagan College's:

Academic Regulations and Policies

"Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work or ideas without proper or complete acknowledgement."

"Self-plagiarism is the submission of work that is the same or substantially the same as work prepared or performed by the student for credit in another course... Although self-plagiarism may not involve the intellectual theft that characterizes plagiarism... it is a form of academic misconduct and is subject to the same disciplinary actions as plagiarism."

How to use this Tutorial

  • The entire tutorial, including most videos and quizzes, will take approximately 30-45 minutes
  • Use the arrows at the bottom of each page to move through the tutorial
  • Read through, or listen to, each section carefully and complete the interactive activities
  • You will need an updated Adobe flash player to use some of the multiple choice quiz boxes

About this Tutorial

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Define plagiarism
  • Understand when and why you should cite your sources
  • Understand the consequences of plagiarism
  • Know what Okanagan College services exist to assist you


In an academic environment, using someone else's ideas without acknowledgement is considered plagiarism. Check out this video to see how some behaviours that are acceptable outside of school are unacceptable in a school setting.

Be sure to visit the Scenarios tab in this tutorial to see examples of common situations you may run across in your classes.

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