Plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

The Plagiarism Working Group in May 2007 defined plagiarism as “the use of the work of others without acknowledgement”. This definition includes not just written work but also music, images, computer code and ideas.

Ways to minimise opportunities for plagiarism

The design of assessment, both in the questions asked and the ways in which those questions are asked can play a major role in minimising the opportunities for plagiarism.

What to do if you suspect plagiarism has occurred?

If you suspect plagiarism has occurred the Student Progress Service provides advice (see under the Assessment Irregularities information).

The Turnitin service can be used to check electronically available written work and is integrated with Blackboard. Read the introductory guide to using Turnitin with Blackboard.

LTDS offers, via the Staff Development Workshop (SDU), a dedicated workshop which investigates the drivers which influence students to plagiarise, considers practical ways to minimise the likelihood of plagiarism occurring, and discusses ways of detecting plagiarism (including Turnitin software) and the steps to take if you think you have found an instance of plagiarism. If the workshop dates are not suitable LTDS are happy to run bespoke events for small groups.

The Right-Cite webpages provide further information and links to resources for staff and students.

International Journal for Educational Integrity (IJEI)

The IJEI is an international, peer-reviewed journal providing a platform for educators across all sectors to research issues in the multi-disciplinary field of educational integrity. The IJEI challenges readers to consider the changing nature of education in a globalised environment, and the impact that conceptions of educational integrity have on issues of pedagogy, academic standards, intercultural understanding and equity.