Academic Integrity refers to the honest and ethical manner in which academic work is done, whether it is an assignment, an examination, an oral presentation, or a research project or report. Plagiarism is a key component in academic integrity.
Plagiarism refers to passing off someone else's work or ideas as your own without giving proper acknowledgement of the sources. In PolyU, this is a very serious offense as it can lead to disciplinary actions.
2 Ways to avoid plagiarism
Citation is the key to avoid plagiarism, but that doesn't mean you can simply copy-paste from others' works as long as you cite the source. To avoid plagiarism, here are two ways:
Paraphrase + Cite
Paraphrasing means to rewrite the sentence from a source in your own words without changing the meaning of the sentence. You still need to cite the source properly.
Direct Quote + Cite
Quoting, or direct quoting, means to copy the exact words of a sentence from a source. You need to put the copied words in quotation marks " " and cite the source properly.
Watch the videos below to learn more about plagiarism, paraphrasing and quoting. Refer to Citation Guides by Subject to learn how to cite in your research discipline.
Source: ProQuest Research Companion
5 Tips to avoid plagiarism
|When in doubt, always cite!|
|Keep a list of all the reference materials you consulted and of course make notes
(e.g. which are quotes and which are your own words)
|Use a reference management tool (e.g. EndNote) to help you organize references and make citations|
|Have better time management - Plan your work earlier!|
|Check with your supervisor or instructor the referencing guidelines for your assignment or essay|