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Academic integrity and plagiarism

What is plagiarism?

The University defines plagiarism 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, 2017)

Tackling plagiarism is important so that:

  • You, the University and employers can be sure that you earned your degree fairly and that it is of high quality.
  • You can be proud of your independent, individual work and can know that your achievements are not being undermined by the misdeeds of others.
  • All Leeds University students develop as independent, critical thinkers, willing and able to contribute to academic debates and developments in their chosen subject areas.

Recognising plagiarism

To avoid plagiarising someone else’s work, you need to have a full understanding of what plagiarism is. The following resources will help you to understand and recognise plagiarism:

Copyright and plagiarism

You don't just have to make sure that you avoid plagiarism by acknowledging the work of others, you also need to be aware of copyright and whether you have permission to use this work.

You can use copyrighted material in your academic work for assessment purposes, subject to a number of limitations and providing it is correctly referenced. However, if you intend to use copyrighted material for any purpose other than assessment, you must get permission from the copyright owners.

All members of the University are expected to abide by copyright law and the various copying licences the University holds.