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Types of plagiarism i

You will be plagiarising if you:

  • Copy someone else's work as if it were your own

If you use a source when you write your assignment, whatever that source might be, you cannot simply copy whole sentences or paragraphs as though they are your own. Regardless of your intentions, it is plagiarism: even if you think the sentences are excellent and express the point better than you could; even if you have taken so many notes on a topic that you have forgotten to note the reference to some of the sources. Whatever your reason, the rules are very clear: if you copy someone else's words and use them as your own you will be plagiarising and risk failing your assignment, receiving a mark of zero for the module, or even being required to withdraw.

  • Copy sections of someone else's work but change the odd word or phrase

If you use someone else's work in anything you submit for assessment then you must make sure that you give the author full and proper credit according to the conventions of your discipline. You cannot escape this by simply changing some of the words and phrases. You must always acknowledge and give full credit to all your sources. If you would prefer not to quote because of the context, then paraphrase instead.