What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the
(not referenced) use of
someone else's words,
creations, ideas, arguments,
etc. as your own work.
Plagiarism is a form of
that is taken very seriously
UWA page on student
for information about the
university's expectations and policies
relating to academic integrity.
Examples of plagiarism
Plagiarism includes (but is not limited to) the
: the use of
'too close' or extensive paraphrases;
: presenting someone else's
work as your own. This includes buying
or selling assignments, excessive editing
by an editor (paid or unpaid) and
submitting an assignment written by
someone else (even if they have given
you permission to use their work);
Inadequate / incorrect referencing
might be referencing in the wrong place
or citing sources you haven't read; and
: submitting the same
work for more than one assignment.
How do you attribute use?
You can attribute use by
work of others (e.g. words, creations, ideas
or diagrams) that you have drawn on in your
own assignment or thesis.
How do you reference?
You can use either footnotes (e.g.
) or in-
text citations (e.g. Jones 2011) to link the
work of others to your own ideas throughout
Find out which referencing style is used in
your discipline and follow the particular
rules for that style.
The UWA Library website has a
for the most commonly used
referencing styles at the University.
What needs to be referenced?
All works (e.g. books and articles, but also
diagrams, images, films and creative
works), whatever their source, must be
attributed to their creator/author.
Why is it necessary to reference?
In an academic setting there are a number
of reasons for referencing:
It shows your reader
what you have
on the topic;
to your position;
It enables the reader to
mentioned in your paper if they want to
follow up those sources;
It is the
sources in an academic context; and
It means you are complying with
on ethical scholarship.