What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is cheating in your assignments by using other people’s work/ideas without showing that you are doing it, so that it looks as if you are the one who created the work. If you learn anything from a resource you read, you must show where you found it out from, even if you are not using exactly the same words as they used.


You must be careful to give people credit for anything that they produce, for example:

  • Facts they discovered
  • Ideas they discussed
  • Designs or diagrams they drew
  • Models they created

You must always give credit for things such as:

  • Books
  • Websites
  • Newspaper articles
  • Articles


Types of plagiarism

Copying exactly

Using other peoples words as if they are your own. Short referenced quotes can be used. You must use quotation marks.

Using too many words from the original source is plagiarism even if you provide a reference. 

Word switching Changing the odd word to make it look different.
Self plagiarism Re-using work from another assignment without making it clear you have done so. Do not cut and paste from previous assignments.
Collusion You must work on your assignments alone. Do not show others your work. Do not use other peoples work.
Concealing sources

Not making it clear where you are drawing on somebody else’s work will be regarded as plagiarism.


  • Using another's ideas and putting them into your words without telling us where you got the ideas.
  • Using a source several times, but only pointing it out once.


Your learner handbook has guidance on referencing. Ask your tutor if in doubt.

Please read our policy on plagerism.

Last modified: Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 4:06 PM