Using someone else's words or ideas without citing or referencing them is plagiarism and is a very serious academic offence (Pears and Shield, 2016, p. 4).
- Presenting any part of someone else's work as your own
- Copying information word-for-word (without quotation marks)
- Paraphrasing or summarising ideas without acknowledging where you got them
- 'Recycling' a piece of your own work
- Citing and referencing sources that you have not used.
To avoid plagiarism, you must reference all of the sources of your ideas and information. Ask library staff for help referencing different sources.
The college uses the software Turnitin which can detect plagiarism in students' work.