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What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you take (i) somebody else’s idea, or (ii) somebody else’s words, and use them such that you appear to be the original creator or author of the idea or words. Even if you change a few words of someone else's sentence, it is still plagiarism if the same idea is presented.

Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct that is prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct. Plagiarism is unacceptable in all academic work and all documents authored by you, including assignments and project reports. Since published documents are stored and accessed in public places, it is quite possible that a published paper, thesis or dissertation can be accused of plagiarism, perhaps years after it is published.

When you write a thesis/dissertation that includes discussion of research results from other documents, plagiarism may creep in unintentionally. Therefore, it is particularly important that you recognize plagiarism and make special efforts to avoid it.

Plagiarism can also have legal consequences. Because of the Berne copyright convention, virtually all published material (including on-line, internet material) should be considered to have copyright protection whether it has a copyright notice or not.


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