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It is important that you understand what plagiarism is and the ways that you can avoid it in your own work.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism at Newcastle University is defined as:

 "the use of the work of others without acknowledgement"

This covers all types of work, for example: ideas, words, data, designs, images, music and computer code. Plagiarism can be intentional or unintentional.

Forms of plagiarism include:

  • copying a section of work word for word without clear and full acknowledgement of the source
  • paraphrasing the work of others without clear and full acknowledgement of the source
  • submitting work from the internet or an essay writing service
  • submitting the work of another student as your own
  • submitting the same work for more than one assignment
How to avoid plagiarism

These are some key ways in which you can avoid plagiarism:

  • acknowledge all the sources you use in your work by providing complete references
  • follow the referencing style recommended by your School
  • do not fabricate or falsify data
  • never give or receive unauthorised help with academic work
  • only hand in work that you have done yourself
  • do not¬†submit work that you have already submitted for another assignment
Text-matching software

Your work may be submitted through text-matching software such as Turnitin. This is only one of the ways in which the University checks for plagiarism.

As a student, you should ensure that you follow the steps above to avoid plagiarism in your work.

Online resources

Student support

Writing Development Centre

The Writing Development Centre tutors can help you learn how to appropriately paraphrase, quote and integrate the work of others in your assignments.

Go to the Writing Development Centre page.


More information about plagiarism and assessment irregularities at Newcastle University can be found on the Right-Cite website.