Nobody commences their studies with the intent to plagiarise and yet many people do, for a variety of reasons. Some students plagiarise because they don’t fully understand what plagiarism is, why it is wrong and how it can be avoided. Others plagiarise, because of time or other pressures.

Whatever the reason, it is vital that you understand what constitutes plagiarism, and familiarise yourself with proper referencing techniques. This will not only result in the production of better, more meaningful assessment tasks, it also leads to the satisfying notion that it is “all your own work”.

This guide is intended as a useful resource for students who are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and what the University’s expectations are in relation to referencing, copying and cutting and pasting. The University's official policy governing plagiarism can be found here.