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Plagiarism involves the use of any person's work or ideas without full and clear referencing and acknowledgement and is a form of Academic Misconduct for which you can be penalised. Specific definitions are available in the Definitions Dictionary.

If plagiarism is suspected, you may be asked to answer questions concerning your work and to provide evidence of your research. Clear examples or a record of your research effort will assist you to prove that no plagiarism has occurred.

In all cases of alleged plagiarism, collusion or cheating the University will follow the processes detailed in the Academic Integrity Procedure.

How to avoid plagiarism

The most effective way of avoiding plagiarism is to write in well-developed paragraphs. Each paragraph should have a clear main point, which reflects your individual response to the question or task.

The main point should always be written in your own words and should be sufficiently general to allow you to explain, elaborate and illustrate it using research. When you explain or analyse the main idea you will need to refer to the research literature either by paraphrasing or by using direct quotes.

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