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How to avoid Plagiarism - Tips for Students 

What is Plagiarism?

'Plagiarism is when you copy or use someone else's words or ideas and pass them off as your own. It is a form of cheating which involves 'stealing' information and then 'lying' by pretending you thought up the information yourself. So, as plagiarism is a combination of cheating, stealing and lying, you have probably already figured out that plagiarism is NOT a good thing.' (Oakden, 2013)

How do people plagiarise?

Plagiarism can occur in a number of ways and it can be deliberate or accidental:
  • Copying and pasting from a website without using quotation marks and acknowledging the source of your information.
  • Rewriting in your own words (paraphrasing) information but not noting the source.
  • Copying work from someone else

How can you avoid plagiarism?

You avoid plagiarism by acknowledging (citing) the sources of your information.

Research is all about using websites, books and other resources to get information on topics you don't know much about, but you must make sure you show where the information came from.

Take good notes and note down the source of your information as you go along!

To find out how to cite the sources of your information click here: Referencing

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