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Plagiarism and Online Referencing Generator

10 August 2016 by

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the most common type of academic dishonesty, and involves a person using another’s work in their writing and research without appropriately referencing the material. It is both student’s legal and ethical responsbility to ensure they are referencing and acknowledging the creator of work that is not their own within their coursework and assignments.

Examples of Plagiarism

  • Directly copying phrases, sentences and paragraphs
  • Copying and pasting material from multiple sources and different authors to present material as original
  • Closely paraphrasing another’s work without referencing
  • Submitting the work of another student
  • Copying tables, images, results, designs or videos

Avoiding Plagiarism

The best way to avoid plagiarism is through good academic writing. Good academic writing can take practice, however the general principle to follow for assessment is to ensure that all sources used are referenced in a bibliography.

It is important to remember, that it is NOT plagiarism when students use another’s material and acknowledge it appropriately. Material directly quoted from another’s work should be placed in quotation marks and referenced using the Harvard Referencing System.

There are different methods to reference different source types and students are encouraged to be mindful that they are referencing material correctly.

Further Support

The Library subscribes to an Online Referencing Generator which can be found on the Library’s homepage. As well as the time-saving benefits, the Online Referencing Generator helps students create references that are accurate and avoids plagiarism.


If students have any questions regarding their referencing obligations or need further support, they are encouraged to come to Library to speak to Ms Garton or Miss Nettleton.

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