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Academic integrity and plagiarism

How to avoid plagiarism

Unintentional plagiarism often occurs as a result of poor academic practices. Being able to make effective notes, think critically, reference correctly, and write academically will help you to avoid plagiarism and produce high-quality academic work.

Use these Skills@Library resources to further develop your academic practices:

Do not use plagiarism detection websites

You may have seen websites that claim to offer free plagiarism checks if you submit your essay to them. We strongly advise that you do not use any "essay checker", "note sharing" or "plagiarism detector" service before submitting your assignments.

Submitting your work to these "essay checker" websites may result in your essays being sold to other students, and could mean that your work shows up as being stolen or plagiarised when you submit it through Turnitin.

Working with others: collaboration not collusion

Collaborating with other students to enhance your learning is encouraged at the University of Leeds, but you must understand the boundaries between acceptable collaboration and unacceptable collusion.

Your tutors will provide guidance when collaborative group work is expected, but you must recognise that there will normally be limits to the extent of this collaboration. You must not exceed those limits.

Individual work, sometimes including specific components of group tasks, must genuinely reflect your own efforts. You must avoid any practices that could mean that you cannot honestly claim that the work submitted is your own.

Download our guide to studying together at university (PDF).