Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the word given to a particular kind of academic dishonesty – passing off someone else’s work, ideas or words as your own.  It is often unintentional, where people aren’t sure how to reference properly or where they have been used to producing school assignments by cutting and pasting material from outside sources. However, it can carry severe penalties even when accidental.

The University of Brighton has produced a guide – the Plagiarism awareness pack – to help you understand why universities expect you to be so clear about how you have developed your ideas, what other writers have influenced this process and the basis for any information claims you are making. You can also take a look at our interactive plagiarism guide:

eSubmission and TurnitinUK

The term ‘eSubmission’ refers to the electronic submission of assessed work, which you do via studentcentral. This same process is also used by staff to provide marking, feedback and returning your work. The university’s guidelines for eSubmission can be found here.

All work electronically submitted is processed by a software called ‘TurnitinUK’ which is a plagiarism detection and detterrence service. You can find more information about submitting to Turnitin in the Subject Guides section of the university’s online library.

Downloadable resources

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Working on an essay or assignment? Click here for the ASK guide, which has tips on structuring arguments, academic writing style and more