Plagiarism

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Holmesglen values academic honesty and integrity.  As a result consequences are in place for those who are dishonest.

If you plagiarise, cheat, collude or do not comply with copyright laws you are being dishonest and will be penalised.

Holmesglen has people and procedures in place to assist you with developing academic honesty and integrity. These include processes that will be taught in class, available through the Learning Commons or through this website, and people to help you at every stage.

The information below will guide you through what is academic dishonesty, ways to avoid being dishonest, a quiz to assist your understanding of academic honesty and integrity and links to various support mechanisms in the Institute.

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Plagiarism, like cheating and collusion, is when you are dishonest about the source of information that you include in your work. When you have academic honesty you do not plagiarise, cheat or collude and you respect copyright. Academic dishonesty is considered academic misconduct.


What is it?

  • Plagiarism is the taking, and representing as your own, material or ideas which has been prepared or written by another person.

  • Cheating is when you wilfully deceive, or assist others to deceive, the development of your work for assessment. This may be in exams, assignments or other forms of assessment.

  • Collusion is a form of cheating in which you have copied the work of another, or worked closely with others, in developing work that you present as your own.

Cheating and collusion are intentional acts to deceive and have serious consequences. This also applies to plagiarism; however plagiarism sometimes can be unintentional, but this will still incur serious penalties.  It is important that you, the student, are fully aware of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Remember, if you are unsure, always ask your lecturer, tutor, Learning Commons staff member or Academic Skills teacher.

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You should give credit and always reference:

  • When you use other people's ideas, words and pictures
  • When you use words directly from another person, written or stated, no matter who they are or where it is from
  • When you re-word someone else's ideas
  • When you take ideas or material from the web
  • When you use words, ideas or pictures from TV programs, songs, advertisements, computer programs.

You should:

  • Be prepared for exams and take in only what is listed, never be tempted to cheat
  • Never copy another student's work, whether it is part or all of the work
  • Never pay someone to write your assignment or buy one and submit it as your own work
  • Never use the format, argument and research outcomes and sources from another student's assignment or answer.
  • Never cut and paste sections of online articles without referencing
  • Never reproduce any material, even with alteration e.g. diagrams, charts, etc
  • You cannot reproduce images without giving appropriate referencing
  • Always put quotes in quotation marks and acknowledge the author and source at the end of every quote.
  • Always acknowledge the author or source when you put into your own words, the sense or meaning of a text or passage from a book or journal article.

Put simply, you should acknowledge whenever you use other people's ideas, words, emails, drawings. That is whenever there is a source other than from your own mind you must reference.

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  • Use the Referencing Guides and Tools
    Guidance in how to reference is available on the Learning Commons website. It is important to acknowledge all your sources in your work, both as in-text and end-text referencing.
  • Use Turnitin
    This online program, available through the intranet, will check your work to ensure that you haven't unintentionally used someone else's ideas or words.
  • Keep a track of all the sources and references you use. Write down page numbers. Use quotation marks when using some one else's words. Use online referencing software to manage large numbers of references. EndNote Web or RefWorks are available through the Learning Commons website.
  • Check with your lecturer, tutor or the Learning Commons support staff if you have any concerns.
  • Try the plagiarism quiz to check what you know about plagiarism.

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Academic dishonesty is considered academic misconduct. Academic misconduct is subject to the Rule for Student Discipline.