Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

The links on this page provide information on avoiding plagiarism and how to responsibly copy and properly cite research sources whether these are in print or online. If you have questions about these issues, please ask a librarian, who will be pleased to offer assistance.

York’s Academic Integrity Website

This site offers general information about academic honesty issues for students and course instructors.

Take the Test!

How much do your students know about the proper use of others’ work? Have them work through this online tutorial and submit to you the printed results page.


Students can print out this page (or it can be included in your syllabus) as proof that students have reflected on Academic Integrity before submitting their assignment.

The Libraries and Academic Integrity

We provide here some links to helpful sites on avoiding plagiarism.

Academic Writing Guide

The Libraries have brought together a set of helpful websites offering assistance with different kinds of written academic work with suggestions for appropriately crediting others for their ideas.

Footnotes and Bibliographies

The Libraries offer detailed assistance with preparing footnotes and bibliographies in the right form and how to use RefWorks® to make this easier.


Copyright legislation and license agreements govern what can be copied or otherwise “borrowed” of works of creators while respecting their intellectual property rights. The University Secretariat here offers much information to assist you with responsible copying.

Scanning and Copyright

The Libraries provide scanning equipment for the use of York students, faculty and staff, but we ask that it be used with respect for the rights of creators.

Acceptable Use of Eresources

The Libraries have signed license agreements with providers of our eresources (e.g., electronic books, journals, indexes, and databases). This “acceptable use statement” indicates how these resources can be used while respecting the rights of the providers.