Plagiarism

  •  You are probably reading this because you are worried that you might be plagiarising by accident. If this is how you feel, then you need to focus on developing good research and writing skills. And stop worrying!

    The resources here are designed to help you with this.

    • Original thinking allowed

      (University of Manchester Library, UK) is an excellent route into understanding plagiarism and how to avoid it. Starting with students discussing a football match, it then shows how you can add to the conversation on a subject. Four student stories illustrate the dilemmas of plagiarism and the final section offers guidance on the study skills you need for successful study.
    • Avoiding accidental plagiarism

      (University of Reading) outlines good study habits to develop and explains what you need to do to avoid the accusation of plagiarism.
    • Successful v unsuccessful paraphrases

      (University of Wisconsin, US) shows, by reworking an example, what is acceptable and what is not – and why.
    • Don't cheat yourself

      (University of Leicester, UK). This presentation, with clear graphics and commentary, shows how people can slip into plagiarism and suggests good study habits to avoid it.
      Choose the version closest to your subject area to start. The first few screens are slow, and don't be put off by the suggestion that it takes 30 minutes! Keep clicking, and from the fingerprints onwards you will find an accessible, user-friendly explanation of plagiarism. If you follow the hints on how to develop a systematic approach to study you won't plagiarise by accident.