Welcome to the Plagiarism and Academic Integrity website. This site will function as a central resource and hub for staff and students at The University of New South Wales. From the outset UNSW has taken an educative rather than a punitive approach to issues of plagiarism. This site is integral to The Learning Centre and the UNSW's educative commitment.
If you are a student you can use this collection of resources (worked examples, activities and links) to improve your all-round academic literacy and, consequently, reduce the possibilities for plagiarism.
If you are a member of staff you will be able to use this to site to keep yourself abreast of some of the issues that surround plagiarism and academic integrity.
Three steps to
The following pages aim to address three issues that often result in plagiarism: unfamiliarity with the concept of plagiarism; knowing how it occurs, and developing the necessary academic skills to avoid plagiarism.
Step 1: Know what plagiarism is
Plagiarism is taking the ideas or words of others and passing them off as your own. Plagiarism is a type of intellectual theft.
Step 2: Know how plagiarism happens
Most plagiarism is the result of underdeveloped academic skills. We have listed the common types of plagiarism.
Step 3: Develop effective academic skills
Most students who plagiarise do so unintentionally, usually because they don't have the skills to avoid over-reliance on the work of others or because they aren't sure what constitutes plagiarism. If they develop their academic skills, the chances of plagiarism is greatly reduced.
In this guide we have also provided steps to avoiding plagiarism including how to be organised, so you can develop good academic practice, and a list of other resources and links so you can learn more.