Plagiarism is unethical and can have serious consequences for your future career; it also undermines the standards of your institution and of the degrees it issues. You have come to university to learn to know and speak your own mind, not merely to reproduce the opinions of others - at least not without attribution.
At first it may seem very difficult to develop your own views, and you will probably find yourself paraphrasing the writings of others as you attempt to understand and assimilate their arguments.
Title of Book, discussed in Wilson, E., Title of Book (London, 2004), p. Failure to acknowledge assistance You must clearly acknowledge all assistance which has contributed to the production of your work, such as advice from fellow students, laboratory technicians, and other external sources.
This need not apply to the assistance provided by your tutor or supervisor, or to ordinary proofreading, but it is necessary to acknowledge other guidance which leads to substantive changes of content or approach.
Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional.
Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence.
Students will benefit from taking an online course which has been developed to provide a useful overview of the issues surrounding plagiarism and practical ways to avoid it.
The necessity to acknowledge others’ work or ideas applies not only to text, but also to other media, such as computer code, illustrations, graphs etc.
Use of material written by professional agencies or other persons You should neither make use of professional agencies in the production of your work nor submit material which has been written for you even with the consent of the person who has written it.
It is vital to your intellectual training and development that you should undertake the research process unaided.