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 This may involve the use, without proper acknowledgement, of published or unpublished work, of work done partly or wholly by another person, of work obtained from an essay bank or a web site, or of recorded material from lectures and tutorials.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 in the Code of Student Discipline - Academic Misconduct.

Avoiding plagiarism

Simple ways to avoid plagiarism in your written work include:

  • ensure your submitted work is your own
  • be clear what referencing style to use and familiarise yourself with its rules
  • attribute work accurately in your written work by adding citations where necessary - remember this applies to both paraphrased work and direct quotations


Email - one of the Academic Librarians will answer your question as soon as possible. Alternatively, 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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