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Academic Plagiarism

What is academic plagiarism?

Academic Plagiarism at university is a form of cheating and is a serious academic offence. It arises from work submitted that is not the student’s own and has been taken from another source and usually includes a lack of referencing, poor paraphrasing or complete copying. The most common forms of plagiarism are: direct, mosaic, source-based, paraphrasing, translation, self, accidental and commissioning plagiarism. 

University Plagiarism Definitions

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional. Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence (Oxford University, 2022).

For purposes of the Stanford University Honour Code, plagiarism is defined as the use, without giving reasonable and appropriate credit to or acknowledging the author or source, of another person’s original work, whether such work is made up of code, formulas, ideas, language, research, strategies, writing or other form(s). Moreover, verbatim text from another source must always be put in (or within) quotation marks (Stanford University, 2022).

If a student submits an assignment that contains work that is not their own, they are committing ‘plagiarism’ and this is an academic offence. Submitting work that has been done by someone else and persistent borrowing of other people’s work without citation are instances of plagiarism and are regarded as cheating. Paying for work from other sources and submitting it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. It is intellectually dishonest to cheat and thus give one student an unfair advantage over others(The Open University, 2022).

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Academic Plagiarism [new 2022]

This lesson is designed to improve students’ understanding of academic plagiarism. It introduces students to university plagiarism definitions and asks them to create a ‘how to avoid plagiarism’ list. The lesson also includes a section on the university plagiarism system ‘Turnitin’ and a range of tasks on using plagiarism checker websitesExample. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1/C2] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

Eight types of plagiarism

eight types of plagiarism

How to avoid plagiarism

how to avoid academic plagiarism

Turnitin:

Most UK universities use is a web-based plagiarism prevention system called ‘Turnitin’.

There are three main uses of Turnitin:

  • To act as a deterrent against plagiarism.
  • To provide reports which can help identify occurrences of plagiarism.
  • To provide students with a tool to identify and correct possible occurrences of plagiarism.

How does Turnitin work? Students upload their assignment through Turnitin on the university’s online learning platform. Turnitin will then analyse the submitted work to identify text matches with other sources and collusion, usually completing this task within a few minutes. For each piece of submitted work, Turnitin provides two things:

  • A similarity index, which indicates the percentage of the submitted paper that Turnitin has identified as being matched against other sources. In the example below, this is 85%.
  • An originality report, which shows each of these matches in more detail, including the direct links to the source(s) that Turnitin has found. These can be websites, books, journals and articles, or work that has previously been submitted. In the example below, there are 10 source matches.

Text adapted from Queen Mary University (2022): https://elearning.qmul.ac.uk/guide/what-is-turnitin-student/

Turnitin plagiarism example

Academic Plagiarism Checkers

Here are a couple of free plagiarism checkers

Be aware that these checkers are not as good as Turnitin.

plagiarism checker

https://plagiarismdetector.net

Academic Plagiarism Download

  

Academic Plagiarism [new 2022]

This lesson is designed to improve students’ understanding of academic plagiarism. It introduces students to university plagiarism definitions and asks them to create a ‘how to avoid plagiarism’ list. The lesson also includes a section on the university plagiarism system ‘Turnitin’ and a range of tasks on using plagiarism checker websitesExample. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1/C2] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP 

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Academic Integrity – Discussion Lesson

This is a great speaking lesson on the values and principles of academic integrity. It begins with defining  ‘academic integrity’, followed by a kinaesthetic speaking activity on the key terms of academic misconduct and finishes with a yes/no questionnaire on professional proofreading (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Reading Test: Academic Plagiarism – the use of custom essay writing services / writing mills

The text discusses what academic plagiarism is, what custom essay writing services are and why university students use them. It highlights the key problems associated with using these sites and offers possible solutions to prevent students from using them. The reading test worksheet includes: headings / T,F,NG / open answers / gap fill / information tables / reference words / vocabulary.  (ExampleLevel ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Academic Plagiarism: Summary  Reading & Writing Lesson

The text discusses what academic plagiarism is, what custom essay writing services are and why university students use them. It highlights the key problems associated with using these sites and offers possible solutions to prevent students from using them. The summary writing task consists of a note-taking worksheet, a summary writing task, critical thinking questions, sample notes, a sample summary and sample critical thinking answers. Example. Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Academic Plagiarism- Lecture Listening Lesson (same text as reading)

This lecture focuses on academic plagiarism, what custom essay writing services are and the associated problems and solutions. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (example). It is exactly the same text as the reading lesson. Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT link in download /  Video [12.00]   / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Plagiarism Dictogloss

 

Dictogloss: Academic plagiarism

A definition of plagiarism, the different forms of plagiarism and custom essay writing services. Key language areas: gerunds (ing forms) / plagiarism terminology. Example /  more dictogloss lessons / Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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