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PLAGIARISM & COPYRIGHT

Plagiarism occurs when a person uses another person's ideas, writing or work and does not acknowledge the original source.

To pretend that another person's work is your own is unethical and dishonest. Please refer to the Use of TAFE NSW Internet and Intranet Services Policy and the TAFE Illawarra Student Guide - Your Rights and Responsibilities (pages 11).

Students are expected to acknowledge the work of others, most often by using in-text citations and a list of sources used in all written assessment tasks.

Please contact your teacher to confirm the referencing style they prefer, eg, Harvard.

Higher School Certificate students, refer to HSC: All My Own Work.

Paraphrasing

  • does not match the source word for word
  • involves putting a passage from a source into your own words
  • changes the words or phrasing of passage, but retains and fully communicates the original meaning
  • must be attributed to the original source

Summarising

  • does not match the source word for word
  • involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, but including only the main point(s)
  • presents a broad overview, so is usually much shorter than the original text
  • must be attributed to the original source

Quotations

  • match the source word for word
  • usually a brief segment of the text
  • appear between quotation marks
  • must be attributed to the original source

Copyright gives authors and creators legal protection over their works including the right to grant or deny permission to others to reproduce it. An idea cannot be copyright, only the way that idea is expressed in a work.

'work' can range from a novel to a painting, a photograph, a webpage, computer software, and much more.

Want to know more? Try these websites:

Smartcopying is the official guide to copyright issues for Australian schools and TAFE

The Australian Copyright Council provides information sheets about copyright in Australia  

Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) is an Australian copyright management company that administers the copying of print material by educational institutions and other bodies.

OR

Visit the library's guide to Copyright for students and teachers

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