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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism… what is it?

Steve the student wearing an "I love Newcastle" t-shirtCopying the work / ideas of other people and pretending it is your own work

What types of things count as plagiarism?

  • cutting and pasting from the internet
  • copying from other students
  • not acknowledging a source
  • using an idea from a book or journal without acknowledgement

How can you avoid plagiarism?

  • Use your own ideas and words
  • Keep a record of everything you read as you go
  • Acknowledge all material used – you do this by citing the item used and then referencing it

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A short video overview of plagiarism and the importance of referencing


Duration: 1 minute 07 seconds