Plagiarism

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In school courses, we are continually confronted by other people’s ideas: we read them in texts, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into our own writing. As a result, it is very important that we give credit where it is due. Plagiarism is using others’ ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information.

Plagiarism includes a range of actions from failure to use proper acknowledgment to wholesale cheating. A student who plagiarises may do so unintentionally or with deliberate intent.

Forms of Plagiarism

  • Buying a paper from a research service.
  • Turning in another student’s work without that student’s knowledge.
  • Turning in a paper a peer has written for the student.
  • Copying a paper from a source text without proper acknowledgement.
  • Copying materials from a source text, supplying proper documentation, but leaving out quotation marks.
  • Paraphrasing materials from a source text without appropriate documentation.

The internet has provided an additional type of plagiarism:

  • Turning in a paper from a “free term paper” website.

How Can Students Avoid Plagiarism?

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you:

  • use another person’s idea, opinion or theory;
  • use any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings – any pieces of information – that are not common knowledge;
  • use quotation of another person’s spoken or written words; or
  • paraphrase another person’s spoken or written words;
  • consult with your teacher while work is in progress.

Use the School's Media:Bibliography Writing Guide.pdf.

Plagiarism in Assessment Tasks

This is cheating and will be treated accordingly.

Plagiarism is the representation of the ideas or work of another person (or persons) as your own, is classed as malpractice and will result in a ‘zero’ grade. Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines and Schedules for each Year group.

NOTE: The internet should not be seen as a resource for information gathering, but used with caution and not abused. It is NOT a substitute for your own work.