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Avoiding Academic Integrity Violations

Conestoga College provides many resources to help students more effectively learn the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be successful in their program and future career. 

Collaboration and Group Work


Independent Work and Sharing Course Materials

Writing and Acknowledging Sources

You integrate sources into your assignment by either quoting or paraphrasing.
  • Quoting is using the exact words from the source in your paper.
  • Paraphrasing means using your own words to communicate the idea from the source.
You acknowledge sources by citing them every time you quote or paraphrase them.
  • You cite a source in the text of your assignment by including the author's name, the publication year, and the page or paragraph number. 
You reference the sources you cite by providing details about them in a reference list.
  • Your reference list provides the full details of each source you use in your assignment.
Understand Similarity Scores and how to use them to ensure you've cited appropriately and not plagiarized.


  • Use your own words and paraphrase where you can.
  • If you copy information from another source, it must be properly cited and referenced using APA @ Conestoga formatting. See Conestoga's APA Website for guidance.
  • Do not copy information and change every other word (i.e. do not use software that changes words for you). It is better to copy the entire sentence or paragraph in quotation marks (inverted commas) and properly cite and reference the information.
    • Your professor uses Turnitin similarity scores to determine whether students have properly cited and referenced their sources.
    • Be sure you understand the assignment expectations. If your professor is asking you to put things into your own words, be sure to paraphrase. But remember…
  • You must cite and reference information you paraphrase.

What is a Turnitin Similarity Score?

For Help With Citing & Referencing, visit Conestoga’s APA Website.