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Learning, Research & Organisational Skills - Plagiarism - What Constitutes Plagiarism or Cheating?

Your assignments must be your own work - not someone else's. You must not take someone else's work and present it as your own.

If you refer to or quote from works on your subject you must acknowledge your source(s), otherwise you are committing 'Plagiarism'.

Your should not:

Copy word for word directly

Paraphrase words from a text very closely

Use text downloaded from the internet

Borrow statistics or assembled facts from another person or source

Copy or download figures, photographs/images, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your source(s)

Copy from fellow student(s) notes

Plagiarism is poor academic practice, and may arise from a lack of understanding about your subject/assessment.

When you learn a topic thoroughly, you will not need to plagiarise. You will develop your own style of writing from your own understanding and be able to use your own words. By using your own words indicates that you have understood the material you are writing about.


Below is a link to a guide to creating your reference list, which you can keep as a handy guide.

Guide to Creating Your Reference List


Also, you can check for plagiarism for yourself here...



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