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Ethical Integrity

Protect yourself, your work, and your colleagues against plagiarism. Cite all of your sources and use them as they are intended. Misconduct and plagiarism in research involves fraud against faculty members, integrity concerns, discrediting authors, and harms you in the short and long term.

History is full of cases of research misconduct: "medical" experiments, falsification of data, and plagiarism. The consequences extend from prison to professional and academic disgrace. You can fail your assignments and the course, and it can affect your ability to find employment.

To avoid accidental plagiarism, take good notes making note of the author, title of the work, date, source, and pages of each resource you examine.

Copyright differs from country to country. Learn your rights as a student and researcher in Canada.

Academic Integrity for Students at Laurentian University

Protect yourself against plagiarism, examine the policy Academic Integrity for Students at Laurentian University, approved by Senate on December 14, 2010.


Protect yourself, learn the laws of copyright in Canada. View our subject guide on copyright. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office provides information on current copyright protection. In the summer and fall of 2012, the Government of Canada passed and adopted a new law: The Copyright Modernization Act which affects citizens and how they use information, extending the fair dealing exception to include education, however, digital locks trump any educational exceptions or fair dealing.

Laurentian University has signed on with Access Copyright: The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency, an agency that "represent[s] the reproduction rights of and distribute[s] royalties to thousands of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers" (Access Copyright, 2010).

Two well-respected Canadians share significant information on copyright and intellectual property online: Michael Geist (Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and Canada's Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law) and Ariel Katz (Professor of Law at the University of Toronto and holds the Innovation Chair in Electronic Commerce).

Additional Information

Copyright (©) protection is vast and complex. There are cases, as students and professionals, where we need further information. The following are useful links for various acts and websites that can help clarify intellectual property, electronic documents, and personal protection: