The internet has made the practice of using the writing of others very simple.  There seems to be no limit to the amount of work that you can cut and paste into your own work.  In no time, you can have any writing assignment imaginable with only a few minutes invested in your work.  Good writing can take time – time to plan, time to research, time to compose and to edit.  One shortcut students may resort to is copying someone else’s writing.  Do you realise there is a law against copying or plagiarism?  You need to know about the rules of copyright and what can happen if you don’t.  According to www.dictionary.com, plagiarism is using a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and presenting it as your own work.

YOU are responsible for knowing about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Others work includes ideas, research, graphics, computer programmes and music.  The work may consist of writing, charts, pictures, diagrams, websites and includes sentences and phrases.  Sources include books, magazines, newspapers, websites, plays, films, photos, paintings and textbooks.

Any time you use information from a source you must cite it.

Two websites that may help you are plagiarism.org and turnitin.

Have a look at a fun lesson on www.youtube.com.  Type ‘plagiarism: don’t do it’ in the search box.

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