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Plagiarism: how to avoid

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

Use these resources to further develop your academic practices:

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 collaboration and collusion.

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.