This is a brief guide, for students, to resources available at Langara and elsewhere that will help you understand and avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism can be very broadly defined as taking credit for academic or intellectual work that is not your own. Plagiarism is considered a very serious academic offence at Langara and at other post-secondary institutions.

If you have any doubts or questions about your written work and what constitutes plagiarism and what is acceptable, talk to your instructor, in addition to consulting the information below.

Watch our video tutorials to learn more 

1. Introduction
Plagiarism - Video 1

2. Intentional & Unintentional
Video: Intentional and Unintentional Plagiarism

3. Common Knowledge
Video: Common Knowledge

4. Introduction to Citing
Intro to Citing

5. How to Cite
Video: How to Cite

6. Citing Your Sources
Video: Citing Your Sources

7. Paraphrasing

Langara Guidelines

  • Avoiding Plagiarism 
    An excerpt from pages 34-39 of the College Style Sheet, Fifth Canadian Edition. Explains and gives examples of how to avoid plagiarism, and how to correctly paraphrase, quote, summarize, and cite sources in your essay. (pdf file)
  • Plagiarism Avoided: Taking Responsibility for your Paper 
    A booklet recommended by many Langara instructors, this guide for students is produced by the UBC Faculty of Arts. Includes definitions, good examples of plagiarism, and techniques on how to avoid it. Also available in print at the Langara College Bookstore and at the reference desk at Langara Library.