Plagiarism is an example of Academic Misconduct, defined in Abertay's Academic Misconduct Policy as:

Plagiarism is the act of taking another’s ideas and representing them as one’s own. This may involve the use, without proper acknowledgement, of published or unpublished work, of work done partly or wholly by another person, of work obtained from an essay bank or a web site, or of recorded material from lectures and tutorials. Plagiarism includes not just the actual copying of text verbatim (which may also be a breach of copyright) or close paraphrasing of text, but also the unacknowledged presentation of ideas from other sources as if they were original to the author or the assembling of pieces of the work of others into a new whole.

Committing plagiarism could have serious implications resulting in disciplinary action. More information can be found the Academic Misconduct Policy above.

Avoiding plagiarism

Simple ways to avoid plagiarism in your written work include:


The 'Avoiding Plagiarism' tutorial above has more information on what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, ending with a short quiz.

The Academic Librarians can help you get to grips with your referencing style. Contact them directly, or come along to one of our drop-ins

The Learner Development Team can help with academic writing - this will help you to paraphrase better and to integrate citations into your text in a more seamless way.

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