Plagiarism is a form of cheating and the university has a strict policy on it. It is copying somebody else’s work and ideas and using them without reference as yours.
The university use ‘Turnitin’ to assess an assignments originality index. It is an online text matching system that can show similarities between your works and others. At the University of Gloucestershire, Turnitin is used in a formative way with students to raise awareness about plagiarism, which is a serious assessment offence, and how to avoid it by improving their academic study skills (i.e. reading, note-taking, and academic writing skills).
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Most common occurrences of plagiarism:
Use too many words from another source when paraphrasing.
Copy directly from another source without presenting it as a quote or providing a reference.
Include a diagram, image or data table from another source without providing a reference.
Submit someone else’s work or ideas as your own.
Use ideas from another source without providing a reference.
Struggling with referencing?
Referencing guides are available at every library and an online pdf is available to download for every student.