What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the use of someone’s work without properly crediting them - regardless whether you meant to or not. 

Why is plagiarism a problem?

Your academic integrity while you study at UWL is very important and the university has strict rules and procedures if they suspect that you’ve plagiarised.

How can the University tell if I've plagiarised?

Your written work and assignments will usually be submitted online through Turnitin, a special software that is used by many universities around the country. Turnitin provides an originality report, which highlights if you’ve:

  • copied any text published in books
  • used work submitted by other students
  • added in chunks of your own work that you've previously submitted.

Some examples of plagiarism:

  • handing in someone else’s work and calling it yours
  • copying your own or other peoples’ words and ideas without credit
  • not putting quotes in quotation marks 
  • incorrectly writing the source of a quote
  • changing some of the words in a sentence and then using it without references and citation.
  • copying whole chunks of text from sources to form the bulk of your work with or without credit.

How can I make sure I'm referencing my essays correctly?

There are several different ways to reference essays. The most common is the Harvard system of referencing. However, you should check with your tutor which system is being used for your specific course.

How do I find out more information?

What happens if I am accused of plagiarism?

Being accused of plagiarism, whether you meant to do it or not, can get you in serious trouble with the University. There are severe penalties. You should contact the Student Union's Advice Service immediately if this happens. We can help you get the best outcome for your particular situation. 

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