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Developing good academic practice
Developing good academic practice

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1.6 Summary

If you submit an assignment that contains work that is not your own and you do not indicate this to the marker (i.e. by acknowledging your sources), you are committing plagiarism.

This might occur in an assignment when you:

  • use a choice phrase or sentence that you have come across;
  • copy directly from a text word-for-word;
  • paraphrase the 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, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources;
  • copy from the notes or essays of a fellow student;
  • copy from your own notes on a text, tutorial, video or lecture that contain direct quotations.

Plagiarism may occur inadvertently due to inexperience. So read carefully all the study advice, especially statements concerning plagiarism and how to reference your sources.