PLAGIARISM AND HOW TO AVOID IT

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					 PLAGIARISM AND HOW
     TO AVOID IT

                Ben Rosamond
Department of Politics and International Studies
         b.j.rosamond@warwick.ac.uk
         This session
     What is plagiarism?
Why is plagiarism a bad thing?
 What happens to plagiarists?
   Can you spot plagiarism?
How can plagiarism be avoided?
 What is plagiarism?




2003-04 MA/Diploma handbooks, p.20
See also …


12 Regulations Governing the Procedure to be Adopted in
the Event of Suspected Cheating in a University Test


http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/insite/info/gov/calendar/section2a.pdf
   Why is plagiarism a bad thing?
1. Because it infringes academic ethics and academic norms

2. Because it is a form of theft and a type of fraud

3. Because plagiarists ultimately cheat themselves

4. Because plagiarists cheat their fellow students

5. Because plagiarism reflects incompetence
What happens to plagiarists?
 Procedures
1. You sign a written declaration about plagiarism for every
piece of work you submit in PAIS

2, Markers are skilled at picking up plagiarism and we have
powerful software available to help us

3. If markers suspect plagiarism, they notify the chair of PAIS
and supply evidence

4. The accused is invited to respond to the charge

5. If found guilty, the piece of work in question is graded ZERO
6. Consequences for your overall grade the module in question
– mean consequences for your degree


7. Rights of appeal – investigation at the University level

8. Possible disciplinary action by the University
Can you spot plagiarism?


Consider the following
      extract …
At the beginning, at any rate, the idea of sovereignty
was the idea that there is a final and absolute political
authority in the political community; and everything
that needs to be added to complete the definition is
added if this statement is continued in the following
words: “and no final and absolute authority exists
elsewhere”.
F.H Hinsley Sovereignty (second edition), Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1986, pp.25-6
    WHICH OF THE
FOLLOWING FIVE CASES
 IS/ARE PLAGIARISM?
1
2
3
4
5
So how can plagiarism be avoided?


          A prior question …


   Why do students plagiarise?
          4 commonly cited reasons

1. The pressures of   The importance of
                       developing time
workload
                      management skills



2. Pressures to
succeed
  3. Poor understanding of the
      nature of plagiarism


confusion            ‘cultural’ factors


              respect for      What goes on
              seniority        in other
                               walks of life
The importance of research skills, note-taking
skills and good citation technique
4. Because its easy!
                      A few tips

• Avoid copying when you take notes; use your own
words/ideas
• Keep track of citations, full references, page
numbers, quotations
• Write first drafts without notes
• When in doubt CITE!
• Take advice
http://online.northumbria.ac.uk/faculties/art/information_studies/Imri/JISCPAS/site/jiscpas.asp

				
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