AVOIDING PLAGIARISM: TEN TOP TIPS
1. SEARCHING vs. RESEARCHING:
Within your essays you are being asked to analyse and interpret. Use references to support your argument and don’t just report or copy what you have found.
2. DEVELOP YOUR OWN STYLE & VOICE:
This is an important part of what examiners are looking for. You have to use your own words, not those of another author.
3. PRESSURE TO GET THE GRADES:
Attending University is not just about gaining the end result of a grade, but about gaining research and writing skills in the process. If you have any problems developing these skills, contact tutors (personal, programme director or module co-ordinator) and make use of other support systems available (handbooks, the Skills Centre, the International Centre).
4. PARAPHRASE, DON’T PLAGIARISE:
A footnote is not sufficient to indicate that any direct text you have used is not your own. Either put the sentences in quotation marks, or write them in your own words and include a footnote to the source.
When making notes from sources put direct quotations in quotation marks and always keep track of sources. This will ensure you do not accidentally plagiarise and also make collating your references easier when you are writing your essays.
Common knowledge does not need to be cited but when in doubt reference your source.
7. CUT & PASTE:
Either don’t get into the habit of cutting and pasting from e-resources (the internet, electronic journals etc.) or put them directly into quotation marks and note the source.
If you are having personal problems that mean you will have difficulty meeting essay deadlines, go and speak to the relevant person who can help (your personal tutor and the programme director).
9. WEB REOURCES:
Make use of the examples, glossary, quiz and regulations on the LDU web pages.
Look at the examples of paraphrasing, citing cases etc. The information is...
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