Learn about Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

On this page, you'll find:

  • definitions of Academic Integrity;
  • information about how Academic Integrity affects the creation of written and visual work and;
  • a list of available resources.

Further information about Academic Integrity, the OCADU Academic Misconduct Policy and related procedures can be found here [hyperlink].

What is Academic integrity?

Academic integrity means being intentional, transparent, and responsible in the way that you:

  • use and respond to the contributions of others;
  • find and share information.

This means knowing and applying the conventions (customs) for using and documenting visual and textual sources when creating visual, written and other academic work.

What Should I Consider When Using Visual and Textual Sources?

When using visual and textual sources, you should:

  • Consider where the source comes from: What social/cultural/historical associations does it have? Why do you want to reference it visually or textually?
  • Familiarize yourself with the conventions (customs) that govern how you can use a source when creating work. These conventions are specific to your profession/field of study.
  • Be aware of the guidelines of copyright and fair use.
What Should I Consider When Documenting Visual and Textual Sources?

When documenting visual and textual sources, you should:

  • Make sure your documentation of sources clearly indicates the relationship between your own work and the words, ideas, and/or visual concepts of other people.
  • Familiarize yourself with the documentation style of your profession/field of study (e.g. MLA, APA, or Chicago.)
Didn't I learn everything about Academic Integrity in high school/previous University experience/my job?

The conventions (customs) of academic integrity (AI) are culturally and contextually specific. The knowledge you have from school or professional experiences, whether in Canada or internationally will not be specific enough for your studies at OCAD University. As you enter this university community, you will need time and instruction to learn these conventions and apply them in your work here.

Resources on Academic Integrity

Canvas Course [hyperlink]:

These modules include information, case studies and quizzes to test your knowledge about Academic Integrity, Using Textual Sources, and Using Visual Sources.

In-person Workshops at the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC):

These sessions give you strategies for understanding the nuances of Academic Integrity at OCAD University. You'll have the opportunity to practice skills (e.g. reading comprehension and critical reading) and explore the customs for using and citing sources in your discipline. Check out our schedule to see when the next one will be offered.


Library Research Guides [hyperlink]:

The library has created resources to support you with beginning your research, finding relevant materials, and finding citation style guides.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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