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Referencing, Citing, and Structuring Bibliographies: Plagiarism

A beginners' guide to referencing and bibliographies.

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the process of using or copying someone else's work or ideas, and passing them off as your own.

Plagiarism is viewed as a form of cheating and is a serious academic misconduct.


The most common forms of plagiarism are:

•          cut / copy and pasting material from the Web

•          copying the work of another student (past or present) including essay material, laboratory data or computer source code

•          copying course material or lecture notes

•          copying material out of a textbook or journal

You can help avoid accidental plagiarism through the proper attribution of source material (i.e. correct referencing). Always make sure you take time to reference accurately and don't be afraid to ask for help! 

Academic Support

The Academic Support Team provide useful and interactive guides on how to understand and avoid plagiarism.

Their Moodle course provides information on plagiarism and using Turnitin. (You may need to log in to view this course.)

The Six-Point Code

How to avoid accidental plagiarism in six easy steps!