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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism means taking and using the thoughts, writings, inventions etc. of another person and using them as your own without acknowledging their source. In your academic writing, you will often need and be expected to draw on the ideas of others and sometimes to quote their exact words or copy their graphics.

The important thing to remember is that you must not attempt to pass these borrowed ideas and words off as your own. The presentation of your own work for more than one assessment, without acknowledgement and referencing is considered to be self-plagiarism. To avoid plagiarism, you must acknowledge the source of the ideas through an academically acceptable system of referencing.

Plagiarism is a form of intellectual dishonesty and in academic work is considered to be cheating. CQUniversity regards plagiarism as a serious offence and it can have serious consequences for you as a student. To understand more about CQUniversity's attitude to plagiarism and the consequences it may have, refer to CQUniversity's Policies on Academic Misconduct Procedures and Student misconduct.