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Research Basics: Avoiding Plagarism

A basic guide to library research, proper citation, avoiding plagiarism, planning your thesis.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism: is when you take another person's ideas or work and attempt to pass it off as your own. This could be a matter of copying your friend's work, or it could be copying from a book, article or website without acknowledging that the work is not your own.
Failure to acknowledge other people's ideas and/or statements is seen as Academic Impropriety and can result in serious consequences including expulsion.


ParaphraseFrom the Greek para ("beyond") and phrasis ("to tell"). A rewording of the thought expressed in a previously spoken statement or written work, usually to make the meaning clearer by substituting shorter, simpler words for difficult vocabulary. Also, the use of rewording as a literary device or educational technique. Compare with quotation (ODLIS).

Learn to paraphrase without plagiarising with UCL's Beginner Guide to Paraphrasing.

Preventative Plagiarism Resources

Test your understanding of plagiarism with Cornell's University's online Tutorial & Exercises.

Gillian's Quick Guide to Plagiarism (Prezi)


Turnitin: A plagiarism detection service used by the College for all assignments. Look for the Turnitin symbol on Moodle to find where to upload. Upload in advance of the submission date to check for plagiarism and then edit accordingly. 

Interpreting the Similarity Report 

Turnitin's 10 Types of Plagiarism 

The Source Credibility Guide