How to avoid plagiarism?

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The most effective way to avoid an accusation of plagiarism is to reference correctly using the Harvard system, making sure to cite all of your sources and have a bibliography at the end of your work.

  • Use quotation marks around the words and cite the source, or
  • Paraphrase or summarise acceptably and cite the source.

Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional so be careful to reference all your sources. You can use a Reference Management App to help you.

Referencing correctly is a skill which takes time to develop. If you need help or support with referencing and improving your academic skills, book an appointment with your Learning & Teaching Librarian by contacting the Gateway.

If you are worried about, or have received a letter regarding plagiarism in your work, please contact the Students’ Union as soon as possible. You can contact us via advice.su@uca.ac.uk or you can contact our Advice and Representation Coordinator Molly New directly at molly.new.su@uca.ac.uk

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