During your study, you will have to write theses, essays or papers. To build an argument, you will rely on different types of sources. You must learn how to properly cite to avoid plagiarism.
What is plagiarism
Plagiarism is academic fraud. It is presenting someone else’s words, ideas, data or other work as your own. Plagiarism can and will damage your credibility and may result in academic disciplinary action.
When you work on an academic assignment, you will use multiple sources to build your argument. You need to properly credit the authors you cite. Plagiarism is not simply confined to text, words and ideas but also applies to audio, video, data, pictures or graphs.
How to prevent it
Plagiarism is easy to prevent. You simply need to cite the sources you used in the body of your text and give the full details in the reference list. Also, do not copy text word for word. Put it in your own words by paraphrasing or summarizing it. Through the library, you have access to many resources to learn how to properly cite and refer. You can study the e-learning module Citing and Referencing or come to the lunch workshop on citing and referencing. Follow one of our lunch demos on EndNote, EndNote online, or Mendeley to learn more about these handy reference management tools. A reference manager will help you to organize all the sources you used for your assignment and will help you to create your in-text citation and reference list.
Pop up library on plagiarism.
Do not hesitate to stop by our pop-up library on the square in front of Forum on the 16 of December. We will be specifically tackling all questions over plagiarism and reference managers. Bring your questions in and get a delicious hot chocolate drink with marshmallows!
Do you have any question. Please email us.