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Key Terms i

The following terms are often used in the context of plagiarism and authorship:

  • Academic misconduct

Abuse of academic conventions unfairly to one's own advantage. The term includes examination cheating, plagiarism and collusion.

  • Acknowledgement

Recognition that work has been the product of the work of another identified person.

  • Bibliography

Usually a list of material that provides further information on the present work. See also 'reference list' below.

  • Cheating

Taking advantage of or manipulating a situation unfairly for one's own gain (as academic misconduct).


All definitions, except those for plagiarism and in-text citation, have been taken from the handout from a Learning and Teaching Series session, Plagiarism in Higher Education: an Integrated Approach, Jenny Moon, University of Bournemouth (2007).