What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is committed when a person represents someone else’s work as his or her own, whether unintentionally or deliberately. Whenever one quotes directly from another source or uses an idea or structure from another source, that source should be properly acknowledged through the  use of quotation marks, reference notes, and bibliographical entries, as appropriate.

Types of plagiarism:
  • Copying and pasting the work of others and passing it off as your own
  • Reproducing work of your own that has already been used and graded
  • Paraphrasing the work of others inappropriately by maintaining most of the original wording and not using quotation marks where applicable.
  • Heavy use of the work of others, i.e. long quotes, phrases, sentences or ideas of others used.
  • Referencing or citing work that was not read or used within your work.
  • Plagiarism that is deemed to be due to carelessness or negligence will
    be noted and will result in a lowered grade for the assignment.
  • Plagiarism that is deemed to be an intentional attempt to deceive
    (e.g., copying from the Internet with no acknowledgement of the
    source) is a serious violation of academic integrity and will result in
    failure of the module and written warning.
In order to avoid plagiarism, familiarise yourself with the required referencing styles. Also develop your academic skills. Helpful guidelines are made available on this site.