Plagiarism in an academic setting, occurs when a writer uses someone else’s language, ideas or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source. This applies to texts published in print or online, to manuscripts, and to the work of other students. Students who knowingly submit work containing plagiarised material are guilty of academic misconduct. Avoiding plagiarism is easy as long as you adopt good referencing practice, since it not using other writers’ material that constitutes the offence, but failing to acknowledge the source.
The easiest way to ensure you avoid plagiarism is to ensure you give credit whenever you:
Avoid being accused of plagiarism by:
It's possible your lecturer might ask you to submit essays or assignments to Turnitin. This service assess the originality of your work against the internet and other sources, including work previously submitted by other students. Potential plagiarism can be identified, so if you are unsure how to reference or paraphrase a section, speak to your lecturer or librarian beforehand.
Further details about plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found on the Cite Them Right website.
This eBook also provides further advice on avoiding plagiarism and ensuring you reference work correctly.