Avoiding Plagiarism (Digital Literacies)

You need to know about plagiarism at an early stage in your course, to help raise awareness of the importance of correct referencing and good academic conduct.

Using plagiarism detection tools

What
One of the university’s eSubmission tools, Turnitin, provides a similarity checking feature which can be used to promote good referencing practice and to detect academic misconduct. It can help you understand what is meant by plagiarism and improve your referencing practices. The similarity report can also be be used by staff to identify possible cases of academic misconduct.

Why
You need to ensure that all the work that you submit is your own, as even unintentional copying of someone else’s work is taken very seriously by the University and professional bodies.

How
The Academic Study Skills webpages have a section on avoiding plagiarism
The University’s guidance for students on avoiding plagiarism
Viewing the similarity report in Turnitin

Student Digital Literacies resources

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