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RMIT defines plagiarism as:

  • the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as if it were your own
  • a form of cheating
  • a serious offence with serious consequences.

Source: Academic Policy Branch, 2002-12-03, Plagiarism Policy [Online, Composite], Student Affairs, Melbourne, Vic, Available from:

Examples of plagiarism

The most common forms of plagiarism are:

  • copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from a source without proper citation
  • putting someone else's words, thoughts, ideas into your own words (paraphrasing) but failing to cite your source with a proper citation
  • piecing together texts from one or more sources without appropriate citation
  • copying or submitting whole parts of computer files without acknowledging their sources
  • copying or submitting the whole or a part of another student's work.

To avoid plagiarism you must cite your sources.

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