Frequently asked questions - plagiarism
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism occurs when other people's ideas, research findings, data or words are used without acknowledgement. In Western academic institutions, using material from sources without acknowledgement is seen as a form of intellectual theft. In order not to plagiarise, all material from all sources must be correctly referenced. It is necessary to reference direct quotes, paraphrases and summaries - just about everything taken from sources.
How do I avoid plagiarism?
In order to avoid plagiarism, you need to acknowledge the source of every idea, opinion, quotation and piece of information in the body of your assignment and provide a list of sources with bibliographic details. This requirement applies equally to direct quotes (the exact words from a source) as well as to summaries and paraphrases, where the words are yours but the idea or information is that of someone else.