What is plagiarism?

Learning Skills Centre Jo G
Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 20 August 2019
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It’s from the Latin word ‘plagiarius’ for kidnapper. In higher education it can mean ‘kidnapping’ someone else’s words or ideas without attribution.

It may happen if you copy & paste chunks of text from your sources.

How can I avoid being accused of plagiarism?

There are a few ways.

You can submit your assignment to Turnitin - an online service which checks for plagiarism.

Referencing correctly is another antidote. See these previous posts for some tips on referencing:



Paraphrasing, or writing in your own words, is also a cure. (But even if you do this you must still reference.)

And paraphrasing is not just changing a couple of words from the original text. There’s more to it than that. You may have to restructure the original text, change word order, write in a passive rather than active voice…

Luckily, Learning Skills teachers can also assist you with mastering that skill.

Need help? Contact learningskills@holmesglen.edu.au