Chat is offline
Skip to main content


Fairness is one of the six principles of academic integrity (International Center for Academic Integrity, 2013). One of the ways to be fair in our academic work is to cite any information we take from other resources in our academic work.

What is plagiarism?

Understanding the basics of plagiarism, an often misunderstood concept in academic writing, can help you write and cite properly. Mohawk College Library staff can help to demystify what it is and how to avoid it. 

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's words, data or ideas without proper attribution to the source. Words, data, and ideas are the intellectual property of the content creator. When you use someone else's intellectual property you need to properly attribute the work. Plagiarism, whether deliberate or unintentional has real consequences.

You can avoid the consequences of plagiarism by supporting your opinions with evidence, keeping track of ideas and where you got them and citing your sources correctly. 

Check out these great resources that teach you about plagiarism.