Think about how important your degree is to you: the skills and knowledge that you will learn, develop and improve upon are hugely valuable. You have invested a great deal of time (and money probably) when you graduate, and you will have, we hope, a very good class of degree. You will also have a degree that is widely respected in the UK and internationally. Why would you want to graduate in a class where you know people have ‘cheated’ their way to the same degree, and are claiming to be as good as you in your field?
Respect the concept of academic integrity, and the efforts of the researchers, lecturers, and other staff upon whose work you can build. An accusation of plagiarism can ruin your career, because you will have lost the respect and trust of your peers, and potential employers.
You should now:
- be able to explain what plagiarism is, and identify six different types of plagiarism
- be familiar with the concept of academic integrity
- be able to explain how to avoid plagiarism
- know what your department and the College policy is on plagiarism
- be able to explain the difference between paraphrasing and using a quotation in your work
Do not panic, very few students plagiarise, and even fewer students plagiarise deliberately. Be sensible, take notes responsibly, practice writing in your own voice, and reference correctly and consistently. And contact us or review this section should you have any questions.