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Academic honesty

Academic honesty is about using other people's words and ideas carefully, and acknowledging when you do use them. Most students don't plagiarise on purpose but if a student deliberately plagiarises another student's work, there are severe penalties. See the University's Academic and Honesty and Plagiarism site for more information.

University regulations also state that, 'Sometimes a student might accidentally plagiarise. This is usually the result of a lack of academic writing skills, inexperience, sloppy note taking, or a combination of these. It is important that you learn and follow the practice established for citation of written works for your subject.' This activity can help you to learn more about plagiarism and academic honesty.

Are the following actions examples of academic honesty or dishonesty?

  1. Copying material for an assignment without acknowledging the source.

  2. Paraphrasing a paragraph from an article with substantial changes in language and organisation but not including an in-text citation.

  3. Using someone else's ideas without referencing them.

  4. Taking notes without referencing other people's words and then accidentally using them later as your own words.

  5. Working with a group of friends to produce an assignment that you then submit as independent work.

  6. Taking a few sentences from different sources and changing a few words as well as adding your own words.

  7. Copying some data from an internet source.

  8. Writing a paragraph by taking phrases of 10 to 15 words from a few sources and adding your own words to make a paragraph. Sources are in the reference list.

  9. Getting together with a group to discuss an assignment and brainstorm ideas.

  10. Submitting a jointly written assignment as if it was an individual piece of work.

  11. Copying a few sentences from an article, using quotation marks, with the source cited in text and in the list of references.

  12. Paraphrasing a paragraph from a textbook with substantial changes in language and organisation; the source is cited in-text and in the list of references.

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