Managing Part-Time Study: A Guide for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

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4

Plagiarism, referencing
and originality

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.


What is plagiarism and why does it matter?

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

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