Put simply, plagiarism is cheating! It is pretending that words or thoughts are your own, when really you have accessed them from somewhere else without acknowledgement, be it a book, article, webpage, another person or some other source. It is easy to avoid plagiarism. You are encouraged to gather material from a number of different sources - this is called research. You may quote or acknowledge the ideas and conclusions you have gathered but you must let the lecturer know where the material came from - this is called referencing.

Correct referencing ensures that your assignment will be free from plagiarism. Just remember that extensive paraphrasing or quoting, even when acknowledged, is not advised.

Deliberate plagiarism is a serious offence and the penalties are severe. You may lose marks or be awarded a fail for that assignment or assessment task, or in extreme cases you may be excluded from the course altogether. Please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy for more details.

Plagiarism includes:
  • Copying another student’s work
  • Lending an assignment to other students
  • Copying or quoting from another source without acknowledging that source
  • Paraphrasing another person’s work closely and not acknowledging the source
  • Incorrectly ascribing authorship in group projects
  • Submitting the same assignment, or portions of an assignment, for other course assignments
  • Colluding with another student or students to complete an assessment task that you have been instructed to complete on your own

Cover Page
Students are required to declare that the work is their own by attaching a to all assignments submitted. The cover page will include the following declaration which the student must sign:

I certify that this assignment is my own work and is free from plagiarism. I understand that the assignment may be checked for plagiarism by electronic or other means and may be transferred and stored in a database for the purposes of data-matching to help detect plagiarism. The assignment has not previously been submitted for assessment in any other unit or institution. I have read and understood Avondale's Academic Integrity Policy.

Five easy tips to avoid plagiarism

1. Take detailed notes on where you got all of your information
2. Write down direct quotes as they appear in the text, with page numbers and author name
3. Clearly identify where the information came from when you are writing your paper
4. Use your own words as much as possible
5. When in doubt, cite the source!

(From Boise State University LibGuides)

Further Help
Avondale Plagiarism Tutorial
More Tips to Avoid Plagiarism
Last Updated:25th November 2013
Updated By: Brian Greentree