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Academic Integrity : a guide to avoiding plagiarism

A guide to avoiding plagiarism

Joan Foley

on 27 April 2012

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Transcript of Academic Integrity : a guide to avoiding plagiarism

Whenever you do any sort of academic work for school it is good practice to acknowledge your sources of information.
This is called Citing your Sources and helps you avoid plagiarism.
Cite your source
Why do Students Plagiarise?
How to Avoid Plagiarism?
What is Plagiarism?
(play-juh-ryz) verb

take (the work or idea of someone else) and pretend it is one's own.

Source: Pocket Oxford English Dictionary 2002
Examples of Plagiarism
What can be plagiarised?
Any 'work' can be plagiarised including text, art, music, images, inventions etc.
Copy and pasting text word for word and passing it off as your original work
Copying a student's work and passing it off as your work
Working as a team but presenting teamwork as your own individual work
Information found on the internet can also be plagiarised!
Students carry out research all the time for homework or for projects. They use this information in their own work.

But when students use someone else's ideas in their work, they must give credit to the original author.
What is plagiarism?
There are some important reasons for doing this:
All the information belongs to someone else (the author) and presenting someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism, whether you do so intentionally or accidentally.
You may want to check your source of information again.
You will be expected to produce a bibliography or list of resources with your work.
Do not understand what is meant by plagiarism
Do not know how to avoid plagiarism (by paraphrasing, citing and referencing etc.)
Belief that their own work is not good enough
Because they can get away with it without being caught or penalised
To get higher marks
To save time and effort
Because everyone else does it
Parents want to help?
a guide to avoiding plagiarism
You need to know how to paraphrase, summarise, quote and how to cite a source using a particular style (e.g. Harvard style). You also need to know how to prepare a bibliography or reference list.
So when you are taking notes and jotting down ideas for your work, be sure to note where the information came from so that you can produce a Bibliography or Reference List.
Applies to any type of work belonging to someone else (e.g. text, images, tables, graphs, music etc.)
Express the meaning of something using different words.
Give a brief account of.
To repeat or copy out (a passage or remark by another person).
What is Plagiarism?
The End

Title of page. URL. (Date visited).

Netskills: Plagiarism Awareness Teaching Materials for Secondary Schools. http://www.netskills.ac.uk/content/projects/eduserv-info-lit/plagiarism-materials.html (accessed February 21, 2012).

Gregory Mendel and the Peas: a tale about plagiarism - YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tSvPq9yn6E. (accessed February 24, 2012).

Author's surname, Initials. (Year of publication). Title. Place of publication. Publisher.

Royce, J. (2011). Credit where it's due. London. School Library Association
Here is a summary of the process!
Gregory Mendel and the Peas: a tale about plagiarism - YouTube.
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