Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. The word derives from the Greek word for kidnapping, which describes it well.
More often than not, plagiarism is unintentional and occurs when we leave out a reference or forget where we originally took a phrase from.
Plagiarism can occur in a whole range of assignments, not just essays. Using someone else’s work and passing it off as your own can occur in reports, presentations, group assignments, designs and even artifacts within portfolios.
Use the tabs above to review these three good academic habits
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Once you have done your best to acknowledge all sources of your work, there is no harm in double checking. Ask a friend or colleague to read through your final draft and see if they spot a phrase that seems stilted or slightly awkward. This could be a sign that you have unintentionally copied a phrase from someone else’s writing, so it doesn’t sound quite like your own. Then all you have to do is change it into your own words or put speechmarks round it to indicate it is a direct phrase and reference the phrase to its source.
Ask the same friend or colleague to try out one of your references and see if they can locate the exact source. If they can, well done! It’s an accurate reference. If they can’t you’ll need to identify what’s missing and add it in.
You can also use Turnitin to review your writing and referencing.
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