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Deliberate & accidental plagiarism

Deliberate plagiarism is when you knowingly use another person's work without acknowledgement. Accidental plagiarism is generally the result of poor note taking, or paraphrasing, without properly citing the reference. All plagiarism, both deliberate and accidental, is viewed seriously by the University and can incur penalties.

Deliberate plagiarism

Deliberate plagiarism occurs if you:

  • hand in an assignment written by someone else
  • copy part of another student's paper or use the ideas of that student and pass it off as your own
  • pay someone to write your paper
  • hand in downloaded texts, or copy and paste directly from the Internet
  • deliberately use another writer's ideas, creations, images etc without identifying where they came from.

Accidental plagiarism

Accidental plagiarism can occur if:

  • you forget to identify where you found the information
  • you do not pay attention to where your material(s) came from when paraphrasing (put other writers' ideas into your own words)
  • you use the exact words of another person without quotation marks even though you've said where the information came from
  • you don't record where the information came from when you take notes.


Consequences of plagiarism



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