How Plagiarism Is Defined

Modified on Mon, 22 Aug 2022 at 02:31 PM

It is important for us to be as clear as possible with regards to how plagiarism is defined and is perceived by us here at Learna. 

When another source contributes to your work, you must reference that source, whether it is an author, a person, a TV programme or an audio recording. Failing to refer to your sources and trying to pass these as your own work is plagiarism which is academic fraud that we are obliged to report to the University and may lead to an investigation and your removal from the course.

Simply put, when you take another person's work and present it as your own, this is an act of plagiarism. 

You will be able to consult your University's referencing guide in the Instructions and Resources section on Moodle to ensure that you are adhering to the correct referencing expectations, guidelines, and manners in which the context of your work takes place. 

Further, it is advisable to consult Day 5 of Study Skills: Academic Best Practice, which will have further information on both referencing and plagiarism. 

Essentially, if you copy and paste you will not get high marks and you risk claims of plagiarism - please do not do it.

Please use the below image as a basic tool to ensure you are not plagiarising. 

Please note that Tutors do look out for plagiarism and will send warnings to students- however, if warnings are not heeded and taken into consideration (the plagiarism continues), it is highly likely the acts of plagiarism will be taken to a panel of academic misconduct.

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