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What is plagiarism and how can I avoid it?

Plagiarism is the act of passing off work done by someone else as if it were your own. It even extends to your own work so reusing one assignment in another context will be counted as self-plagiarism. It does not have to be deliberate to come within this definition.

Cranfield Senate defines it as "submitting the work of another person ... as if it were his own and without due acknowledgement".

It can take a number of forms including:

  • Submitting work as your own which you have not written.
  • Copying and pasting from an information source without acknowledging that this is where it came from.
  • Quoting or paraphrasing material from any source without acknowledgement.


How to avoid plagiarism:

  • Don’t collude
  • Don’t outsource your work
  • Keep good notes and reference everything
  • Create a bibliography

Further information:

Plagiarism is covered in more depth by Book 9 of the Information Literacy Tutorial