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Preventing Plagiarism: Information for Students

Strategies to Deter Plagiarism

How to Prevent Plagiarism

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Helpful Library Guides to Avoid Plagiarism

Helpful Resources to Prevent Plagiarism

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Understanding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating.

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use

  • another person's idea, opinion, or theory;
  • any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge;
  • quotations of another person's actual spoken or written words; or
  • paraphrase of another person's spoken or written words.

Citing and Referencing

When you start out with citing and referencing it's easy to get confused as to which is which:

  • Cite = when you mark within your text to show that the the information comes from a published source
  • Reference = when you give full publication details of the sources in an A-Z list by author surname at the end of your work
  • Reference list = includes only those authorities that have been cited in the document
Citing and referencing:
  • Validates your work - by showing that your work is based on that of authorities in the field, you give credibility to and showcase the research you have done
  • Maintains academic integrity by giving credit to the original authors of the sources you have used
  • Helps readers to locate the sources you have consulted
  • Situates your work in the discipline  - you are building on work that has already been done in your field
  • Avoids plagiarism

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