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Examples of plagiarism

The RMIT Plagiarism Policy (2002, p 1) outlines the following examples of what is considered plagiarism.

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their sources;
  • Copying designs or works or art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.

If you have used someone else's work without acknowledging your source, you have plagiarised.

Further information

Academic integrity
RMIT plagiarism policy


Deliberate & accidental plagiarism



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