Plagiarism - what does it mean?

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when someone uses words, ideas, or work products attributable to another identifiable person or source:

  • without attributing the work to the source from which it was obtained
  • in a situation in which there is a legitimate expectation of original authorship
  • in order to obtain some benefit, credit, or gain which need not be monetary (Fishman, T. International Centre for Academic Integrity).

Forms of plagiarism

Turnitin.com has analysed types of text-based plagiarism and identified 10 types. (Image source: Turnitin.com).

Self-plagiarism

Another way of plagiarising is to copy your own work after it has been assessed and then resubmitting it for another assessment. Check the Statement of Student Responsibility

It's not just writing

Sources that must be acknowledged are not limited to the printed word. Our policy states that students must 'declare in their work submitted for assessment all printed, electronic, graphical, artistic work, and other kinds of sources from which they obtain materials or ideas' (Academic Integrity Procedure, 2015, p. 7).