Academic honesty - avoiding plagiarism
To plagiarise is to take credit for someone else’s work, or
to present the ideas and thoughts of others as your own. You can use the
ideas of others, as long as you acknowledge the person from whom you have
obtained them. When completing your assignments, you should be striving for 'academic honesty' - i.e presenting your own work and acknowledging the work of others.
Why is it wrong to plagiarise?
It presents someone else’s work as our own
It takes credit for someone else’s hard work – and may cost
them loss of income
It will probably be phrased differently to the way you would normally
It doesn’t allow you to think about what you are presenting
It is just plain dishonest!
"No mark" penalty
Failure in the whole course
A poor reputation as a cheat
Failing to make any sense of your work
are the best steps to avoid plagiarism?
Don’t just ‘copy’ and ‘paste’
Make your own sense of the information you find – take notes, add
your thoughts and then synthesise or state these ideas in
your own words
- If another author makes a point extremely clearly (to back up what you
are saying), quote this, but be sure to cite
(i.e. give reference details of) this within your work, and
acknowledge (give credit to others) this in your reference
then is the right way to research?
Skim read for relevant points
Make notes of useful points
Copy significant quotes
Keep track of references
Acknowledge the opinions and ideas of others
this is important because the point of most research is to:
Add to what you already know
Join the ideas of many to one coherent (logical and meaningful) body
Challenge concepts of the past
Develop concepts of the future
Warning, Warning, Warning
Use the right tools to complete effective research.
A lot of research will require that part of the work be done in class
(e.g. notes as part of the submission). And sometimes this will
IT makes it easy to test for plagiarism (many computer programs and
other methods can be used)
Teachers know about the ways students are now able to plagiarise.
may find your own explanations of plagiarism on the Internet, by searching
with the terms 'plagiarism' or avoiding plagiarism', or check out the one
university sites also have lots of details to help their students avoid
plagiarism, as well as lots of detail on how to properly cite the resources
you have used in research. (see also Citing References on the library pages.)
Robert A. (2001) The plagiarism handbook : strategies for preventing,
detecting, and dealing with plagiarism. Los Angeles, Calif. Pyrczak