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Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: Plagiarism

Plagiarism - what is it?

Plagiarism is the use of another's work (including your own previous work) without clearly indicating of the source of the information. Another's work doesn't just mean their words it also covers their ideas, images, statistics, data, etc.

Plagiarism may be deliberate or accidental - you should avoid both types.

  • Deliberate plagiarism is when you  purposely set out to copy someone else’s work.
  • Accidental plagiarism is when you don’t correctly acknowledge someone else’s work, either because you didn’t know how to or you didn’t know you had to.

Self-plagiarism - what is it?

As well as the work of other authors you must also cite and reference your own previous work, not doing so is called self-plagiarism.

Self-plagiarism occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own work without providing the appropriate references.

Students & staff talking about plagiarism (DCU)

Video courtesy of DCU Library

Who me...?

Video courtesy of Hartness Library

So ... why would anyone plagiarise?

  • Not understanding what plagiarism is
  • Not knowing how to cite & reference properly
  • ‚ÄčPressure of work
  • Thinking their own work isn't good enough
  • Thinking that everyone does it
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