Academic Honesty

University policy states that ‘The University of Sydney is opposed to and will not tolerate plagiarism’. Plagiarism means presenting another person’s work as your own work by presenting, copying, or reproducing it without acknowledgement of the source. Plagiarism includes presenting work for assessment that includes:

(a) sentences, paragraphs, or longer extracts from published or unpublished work (including from the Internet) without acknowledgement of the source; or

(b) the work of another person, without acknowledgement of the source and presented in a way that exceeds the boundaries of legitimate cooperation.

Acknowledging the work of others
All ideas and phrases that are not your own, whether they derive from printed sources, resources on the Internet, or lectures, must be acknowledged. Failure to acknowledge your sources will result in partial or (more usually) total loss of marks for that piece of work. In more serious cases it will result in failure in the unit of study. Students who allow their work to be copied and passed off as the work of another student will be regarded as complicit in an act of plagiarism.

If you quote from the work of another person directly (a short quotation) you must put the material quoted in inverted commas and acknowledge it with a footnote. If the quoted material is lengthy (two or more lines of poetry or prose), you should NOT put it in inverted commas but present it after a colon, indent it, and acknowledge it with a footnote. You can see this process in any published article or book on reading lists provided by unit of study coordinators. You should also refer to the ‘Notes on the Documentation and Presentation of Essays’ on the English department web page.

University policy on plagiarism
The full policy and procedures are set out in the document ‘Plagiarism: Student Coursework’, which can be accessed at: