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Plagiarism: detection at the University

There are a number of ways that plagiarism can be detected.

Lecturer knowledge

Your tutors will be familiar with the literature and ideas that are core to a topic area. They will know if you try to pass off someone else's work and ideas as your own. If you copy word for word from other sources, your lecturer is likely to notice obvious changes in writing style and a poor flow to your writing.


Turnitin is a text-matching tool. It helps academic staff to detect where plagiarism may have occurred.

Supervisor knowledge

Your research supervisor will be aware of the literature in your area of research. Discuss with your supervisor how your research fits with the research of others in your field. If you are working towards a research degree, you need to be clear about your research contribution or you will struggle to meet the assessment criteria.

University penalties and procedures