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Are you struggling with schoolwork? At this point of the semester, a lot of students find themselves flooded with assignments, projects, reports and essays. The tasks seems infinite but the time is finite. All this work can be done with proper time management and focus, but what about an easy way out? A pretty common word you will hear is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is copying and pasting information such as journals, essays, or even short quotations without citing your sources. The first thing that should appear when googling ‘plagiarism’ is “DON’T DO IT” or “IT IS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY LAW” because, quite frankly, every single one of your professors might have mentioned a story or two at the beginning of the semester of how they keep catching cheaters and sending them to the Dean’s office.

This is why the Douglas College Library made a video regarding plagiarism because plagiarism is a shortcut that a lot of students take without fearing the consequences, which are pretty severe. (Hint: You can even get kicked out of the college):

What is Plagiarism? – Douglas College Library

Now that you understand what plagiarism is, it is important for you guys to know the consequences of doing it. In the College, you are given three strikes: the first two warnings include doing the assignment again and receiving a reduced grade. With the third strike, you’re out, but not only that, it will also be permanently on your transcript, which is not a good thing.

If there is anything to take from this, it is this: JUST DON’T DO IT!

For more info, check out the College’s policy on plagiarism here.

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