Plagiarism and academic integrity
We recommend that you complete the tutorial above; it will take around 60 minutes. The sections below include activities adapted from the tutorial, as well as further sources of information.
Plagiarism is defined as "Presenting someone else's work, in whole or in part, as your own. Work means any intellectual output, and typically includes text, data, images, sound or performance" (University of Leeds 2012)
To avoid plagiarising, you need to have a full understanding of what plagiarism is.
- You be the judge! (activity)
Identify what does and does not constitute as plagiarism in this short activity
- Recognising plagiarism (activity)
See if you can recognise instances of plagiarism in a sample of a student's work
- Further examples to help you recognise plagiarism
Examples of good and bad practice from the Leeds Development Unit's guide to Plagiarism
- Leeds Student Advice Centre - cheating and plagiarism.
- Academic Appeals and regulation
Here you will find the official University of Leeds definition of plagiarism
Unintentional plagiarism often occurs as a result of poor note taking and paraphrasing.
Use these resources to improve your note taking practice and learn how your notes can help you to paraphrase effectively.
Knowing when and how to reference is key to avoiding plagiarism.
- Skills@Library referencing
Detailed information about different referencing styles and how to use them.
Collaborating with other students to enhance your learning is encouraged at the University of Leeds but you must understand the boundaries between collaboration and collusion.
Working with others: collaboration or collusion (PDF)
A guide to studying together at the University of Leeds
Turnitin is a tool that can help your tutors to detect where plagiarism may have occurred.
- Information on Turnitin and other forms of plagiarism detection
- Submitting TurnitinUK assignments (video)
A quick-start video guide from the VLE service.
Penalties and procedures
- Overview of the procedures involved in cases of suspected plagiarism at the University of Leeds
- Comprehensive list of possible penalties
From the Office of Academic Appeals and Regulation.
Not only must you ensure that you acknowledge appropriately the work of others, thereby avoiding plagiarism, you should also be aware of copyright. Although you can use copyright material in your academic work for assessment purposes (providing it is correctly referenced), if you then intend to use it for any purpose other than assessment, you must get permission from the copyright owners.