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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is considered serious and applies to intentional and unintentionally presenting other people's work as your own.

To avoid plagiarism you must reference your assessments.

Examples of plagiarism:

  • Directly copying sentences, paragraphs or other information without appropriate referencing, this includes:
    • published or unpublished documents
    • designs
    • sounds, images, photographs and films
    • data and computer code
  • Paraphrasing someone else’s work without referencing
  • Using facts, information and ideas directly derived from an identifiable source without referencing

Tips to avoid plagiarism

  • Focus on your own ideas and words - your assessment should be focused on your ideas.
  • Use the ideas of others sparingly - to support and reinforce your own ideas. Avoid copying and pasting.
  • Reference everything and use quotation marks when you are quoting
  • Keep track of your citation information for each item you use, start when taking notes.

Get one-on-one help

For more information on this topic visit Academic Skills

All campuses have Academic Skills Facilitators who hold regular training sessions.