This article explains how plagiarism occurs, and what steps you can take to prevent it from happening to you.

Plagiarism is the act of using material which is not your own, without making clear reference to the original author/producer.

In academic writing, we are told to reference all of our external material, so that we know where the original piece of information came from.

This means that what we obtain from books, journals, articles, poems, videos, the internet, or even television shows, all needs to adhere to the University referencing protocols (there are several different referencing systems for each department here at the University. For a full list, please go to the Library website). Failure to do this can have severe repercussions.

If you wish to know more about what may be considered ‘plagiarised material’, or what happens if you’ve been accused of plagiarism, then please visit the‘Plagiarism’ page on the Students' Union website.