Academic Integrity is all about being honest and up front about your work. Specifically, it looks at:
In practical terms it involves doing two simple things:
When you submit an assignment at JCU, you are saying "Except where I have noted, this work is mine and it is original," as well as "Wherever I have been helped by someone else's work, I have acknowledged them."
If you hand in a piece of work where you have not been honest and up front about where your information has come from, you could be guilty of plagiarism, and that is against the Student Academic Misconduct Requirements.
plagiarism: reproduction without acknowledgement of another person’s words, work or expressed* thoughts from any source. The definition of words, works and thoughts includes such representations as diagrams, drawings, sketches, pictures, objects, text, lecture handouts, artistic works and other such expressions of ideas, but hereafter the term ‘work’ is used to embrace all of these.
Plagiarism comprises not only direct copying of aspects of another person’s work but also the reproduction, even if slightly rewritten or adapted, of someone else’s ideas. In both cases, someone else’s work is presented as the student’s own.
* to align with the Copyright Act which protects expressed thoughts which are reproduced, published, performed or communicated.
Plagiarism is claiming another person's work as your own.
That sounds like something a normal, honest person wouldn't do, but you can "accidentally" plagiarise if you aren't paying attention.
The most obvious forms of plagiarism are:
Now the first two are obviously cheating, but the last one can happen by accident if you don't pay attention to your sources of information.
Any information that you did not invent must come from somewhere.
When you don't acknowledge the work other people have done, you are saying "This is my original work" and, if that isn't true, then you've plagiarised.
Plagiarism is very simple to avoid. All you have to do is acknowledge where your information came from.
Step One: Whenever you read something, take notes about:
Step Two: When you are thinking about your essay:
Step Three: When you are writing your essay:
This awesome little playlist from the Critical Thinker Academy will talk you through a lot of the core basics about plagiarism and referencing. It's not specific to APA style, but talks about some of the features that are common to referencing across all styles.
Watching the whole playlist will take a little time, but it will be worth it if you need some more information about what is and isn't plagiarism.
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