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Plagiarism

It is a serious academic offence to use the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such and submit them for assessment as though they were your own work. However plagiarism is a commonly misunderstood problem and as such is often committed accidentally, but ignorance or confusion is not an adequate defence against an accusation of plagiarism. Therefore a series of Plagiarism Learning Objects have been created to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid committing plagiarism in their work. These include

  1. General
  2. Cardiff University users only

General Learning Objects

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How to avoid plagiarism: 5 top tips
This video provides advice for students on common errors in citing & referencing and some tips on how to avoid charges of plagiarism. The video can also be found on YouTube.
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Llên-ladrad yn erbyn arfer academaidd da
Mae'r amcan dysgu hwn yn ystyried beth yw llên-ladrad, ac yn edrych ar sut y gallwch fabwysiadu arfer da i'w osgoi. Addaswyd y tiwtorial o becyn Xerte a ddatblygwyd gan Karl Drinkwater, Gwasanaethau Gwybodaeth, Prifysgol Aberystwyth.
 
Citing and referencing: taking the frights out of your cites!
An entertaining and informative look at accurate citation and referencing and avoiding plagiarism.
Duration: 5 min 46 sec.
This movie is part of a short series on IL-related topics. See Movies and Demonstrations for other titles.
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Avoiding Plagiarism
Learn how to recognise and understand different types of plagiarism, and how to avoid committing it.
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Actions that might be seen as plagiarism
Flash animation detailing the common actions that may be deemed as plagiarism.
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Plagiarism definition
An image showing the Oxford English Dictionary definition of plagiarism.
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Avoiding plagiarism exercise
A brief exercise containing four questions testing your ability to recognise plagiarism.
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Good note taking habits
A flash animated interactive movie that demonstrates good note taking habits in order to avoid plagiarism.
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Is it plagiarism quiz
Test your understanding of plagiarism with this quiz.
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How to quote from another author
Short flash animation showing how to take a direct quote from another author's work.
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When to cite exercise
A drag and drop exercise in which your knowledge of when to cite work of others is tested.
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Paraphrasing and Summarizing tutorial
A short tutorial which demonstrates good practice when paraphrasing and summarizing.
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Cardiff University users only

The resources below are for use by Cardiff University users only due to copyright restrictions imposed by the suppliers. A Cardiff University username and password is required to access the resources. Please note that most of the large images will display larger than screen size.

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Life on Campus
Produced by Imperial College London, this light-hearted video highlights the issue of plagiarism through observing, in the manner of David Attenborough, snapshots of the life of a student as he progresses through his degree, PhD and into work. The video is 9 mins 13 seconds long but can be viewed in chapters and is best used as a discussion-starter within a class. Tutor notes are included. This video is copyright of Imperial College London. They have given permission for its re-use by Cardiff University for learning and teaching purposes only.

Click on the link above to view the video.For use in class, it is advisable to borrow the DVD, availablefrom the Arts & Social Studies Library.
 
Plagiarism and how to avoid it
Produced by Epigeum, a consortium of 16 universities, this lengthier tutorial explains what is meant by plagiarism, using video and audio clips, quizzes and exercises.
 
Is plagiarism serious?
Cartoon: "Someone told me it's not plagiarism if they're dead"
© Marc Tyler Nobleman / mtncartoons.com
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Writer's block plagiarism
A cartoon image depicting a doctor and patient. A cure for writer's block has been found but a side effect is plagiarism.
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Rowling plagiarism
Cartoon: "You can't claim JK Rowling plagiarised you simply because you both use "because" and "too" on page 258!".
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Copycats
A cartoon showing a photocopying shop called Copycats with a member of staff copying real cats.
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Stealing ideas
A cartoon image with one character in a guillotine and another about to set the blade free, with the caption: "It's not the same. I was caught stealing office supplies. You, on the other hand, got caught stealing ideas."
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Internet plagiarism
A cartoon image with one character reading a report titled 'Report on plagiarism', with the caption: "You've copied all this off the internet..."
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Plagiarism of cartoons
A cartoon image with one character chasing another who looks to have just stolen the first characters thought bubble! The caption reads "Hey!! That's my idea"
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Lots to do
A cartoon image of one character sat next to a large pile of papers beginning to write a new document.
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Plagiarism cartoon - ...edit, copy, edit, paste...
A cartoon image of a student typing at a computer keyboard. Two onlookers comment that she must be working on her research paper. They keep hearing her mutter 'Edit, copy, edit, paste!'
Copyright © 2001 by Pyrczak Publishing.
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Plagiarism cartoon - ...but my roommate gave me permission
A cartoon image of a student and teacher talking about the student's paper. The student comments that his work can't be plagiarised as his roommate gave him permission to use his work without citing him!
Copyright © 2001 by Pyrczak Publishing.
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Plagiarism cartoon - ...I didn't understand that part either
A cartoon image of a teacher consulting a student about an essay. The student hints that he has plagiarised some of the text.
Copyright © 2001 by Pyrczak Publishing.
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