What is plagiarism and why does it matter? • Plagiarism: summary of key points • Originality • Intellectual property • Why student work is vulnerable (at any academic level) • Originality and protecting your own intellectual property: summary of key points
As promised earlier, at the end of this chapter I intend to go into some detail about what is meant by the terms 'plagiarism' and 'originality'. To begin with, Chapter 4 will explain what is meant by plagiarism, why it is serious, and how you might avoid it. Plagiarism is a 'hot topic' in universities at the moment and understanding what it entails might be particularly important for parttime students who are not on campus. Part-timers may not be part of classroom discussions, or have access to the same peer networks to consult with other students about how to avoid plagiarism. I shall then go on to discuss the importance of protecting your own work, and consider what is meant by originality.
The dictionary definition of plagiarism describes it as: 'the appropriation of ideas, passages etc., from another work or author'. In university terms, plagiarism means attempting to pass off the written work of another person as your