If in doubt, talk with your lecturer, unit coordinator, or academic advisers within your faculty. Don’t rely on a friend.
Poor study habits can lead to accidental referencing errors. When researching for your assessments, you will often be making a lot of notes. In your notes, always differentiate your own thoughts and ideas from the quotes and ideas you take from the texts you are reading. This will help you avoid the mistake of coming back to your notes later and thinking that another author’s quotes or ideas are your own original ideas. Poor note-taking can easily lead to an accusation of plagiarism. Learn to reference everything fully as you research and prepare your assessment. Keep your own thoughts and ideas separate.
It is best to not rely only on Google, Baidu or Youtube for your academic research. The University’s academic liaison librarians can help with ideas for scholarly search engines.
Do not leave researching, editing and referencing to the last minute. Make sure you have enough time to properly check your references before submitting.
Working in groups creates significant challenges, especially when students prepare different parts of the assessment separately. Establish processes for cross-checking all references and the quality of sources, for all group participants. The whole group will receive allegations of academic dishonesty even if only 1 member was directly responsible for the problematic parts.
Get expert help early in your course. Learning how to paraphrase appropriately takes time, patience, and practice. If you are unclear on how to paraphrase well, seek advice from your unit coordinator, academic learning advisors, the Learning Centre or the academic liaison librarians.
Do not rely on Google Translate to change drafts that are written in another language into English. Using Google Translate too much can lead to a high similarity index in the Turnitin compatibility report, meaning you will face an allegation of academic dishonesty. If you need to improve your written English, seek assistance from the Learning Centre. You can also practice conversational English skills with the University Library’s peer learning advisors.
Contact us, our caseworkers can help you with any questions about plagiarism and academic dishonesty.
The Learning Centre can assist with paraphrasing and referencing workshops.
Check the University policy register, in particular:
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Last updated December 2020
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