What does Plagiarism mean?
Plagiarism is presenting someone else's work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional. Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence.
What does referencing mean?
Referencing is the process of acknowledging the sources you have used in writing your essay, assignment or piece of work. It allows the reader to access your source documents as quickly and easily as possible in order to verify, if necessary, the validity of your arguments and the evidence on which they are based.
What's the benefit of accurate referencing?
By referring to the works of established authorities and experts in your subject area, you can add weight to your comments and arguments. This helps to demonstrate that you have read widely, and considered and analysed the writings of others. Remember, good referencing can help you attain a better grade or mark (often between five and ten percent of the total). Most importantly, good referencing is essential to avoid any possible accusation of plagiarism.
Consequences of Plagiarism, what’s the worst that can happen?
Over 50,000 students in the UK alone have been caught for plagiarism in the last 3 years. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that because more people are tempted to plagiarise that this somehow both reduces its seriousness and the likelihood of your facing plagiarism consequences, as it does neither of these. If you are caught plagiarising, you may not only be removed from your course, but you may never be able to study for a degree again.
Plagiarism can get you expelled from your course
Plagiarism can result in dismissal from work
Plagiarism can result in expulsion from your academic institution
Plagiarism can result in legal action
Plagiarism can result in your work being destroyed
Plagiarism can result in your credibility being questioned
Plagiarism can result in all future work being scrutinised