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Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's ideas within your own work without acknowledgement.
In your academic work referencing accurately and avoiding plagiarising is highly important as it is considered poor academic practice and may result in disciplinary action.
To avoid plagiarising, good referencing skills are imperative. However, it is also necessary to be aware of the different types of plagiarism and what risks there may be which can lead a student to plagiarise.
To avoid the accusation of plagiarism, you must reference the work of others.
Examples of when you may need to reference include:
Do not manipulate research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting/ suppressing data or results without scientific or statistical justification, such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
Intentionally making up data or results and recording or reporting them can result in the accusation of plagiarism.
It is a good academic practice to paraphrase the work of others effectively and reference their ideas. Swapping words for synonyms but leaving the sentence the same does not demonstrate to the marker that you understand the text and you could be misleading the marker.
Please continue to the next page to further explore the different forms of plagiarism.