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1 What is Plagiarism? In some countries/cultures students may expect to copy Teachers may want students to repeat exactly what is in text books or lecture notes. At the University of Southampton all work you submit for marking must be your own original creation Presenting another’s work as if it was your own is called "plagiarism" and is the wrong thing to do. Plagiarism is what you do when you copy without acknowledging your sources There are academic conventions to acknowledge sources We have clear university regulations against plagiarism Plagiarism is using someone else’s work but not indicating that it is not your own

2 How to Avoid Plagiarism cite your sources, always enclose words and sentences copied directly from another author in quotes "Teaching machines are unique among instructional aids, in that the student not merely passively listen, watches, or reads but actively responds. And as he does so he finds out whether his response is correct or not. And a record may be kept which aids in improving the materials." Pressey, 1926 [5]

3 How to Avoid Plagiarism Additionally you may refer to another author’s work in your own writing.. according to Bloggs & Smith 99 [3] the widget will only work if…... latest theory on widget compression Bach 2000 [4] tells us that…...The following diagram (figure 3.1) is is based on the Jones at al. 68 [5]. It shows how.…....As Robinson says in her 1995 book Hypermedia Applications [6] “The fundamental problem with the embedded links is....”

4 Avoiding Plagiarism In ECS The concept of plagiarism extends to all sorts of academic work, lab work, design and build, programming and written work We have an electronic handin machine (called C-BASS) used for many courseworks –https://handin.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ We have access to programs which can check for plagiarism in program code and in written assignments which check – across student groups –Across externally published work When you complete a handin you will be asked to confirm that the work is your own –You can explain any collaborative work you may have done –You can acknowledge the use of other people’s work such as code, design etc It is important you hand in work to receive feedback and enable any problems to be discussed

5 University & ECS Information ECS Student Handbook –Section Originality of Work https://secure.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ug/handbook/ University of Southampton Academic Skills Guides provides advice on how to research and reference University of Southampton Plagiarism Policy –Student Handbook –Calendar: Plagiarism and Cheating: Policy and Procedures –ISS electronic plagiarism detection


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