Avoiding plagiarism

Tutorials and learning activities on the topic of avoiding plagiarism.

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Why, when and how: citing and referencing
This Xerte tutorial covers:
  • what citing and referencing mean, and why they are important
  • what plagiarism and collusion mean and what actions are viewed as plagiarism or collusion
  • how to use others' research in your own work
  • how to correctly cite and reference other's work using the style recommended by your School
You can find more information specifically relating to the Cardiff Harvard, MHRA and Vancouver referencing styles, including step-by-step tutorials here.
Tutorial
Mentimeter poll results chart

Mentimeter Poll chart showing results of a vote on the question "Is it plagiarism if you use the ideas of another author without providing a reference, but you write them in your own words?" The chart shows that 57 respondents voted "Yes" and 8 voted "No".

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Copycats!
A cartoon showing a photocopying shop called Copycats with a member of staff copying real cats. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Stealing ideas
A cartoon image with one character in a guillotine and another about to set the blade free, with the caption: "It's not the same. I was caught stealing office supplies. You, on the other hand, got caught stealing ideas". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Internet plagiarism
A cartoon image with one character reading a report titled 'Report on plagiarism', with the caption: "You've copied all this off the internet...". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Plagiarism of cartoons
A cartoon image with one character chasing another who looks to have just stolen the first character's thought bubble! The caption reads "Hey!! That's my idea". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Lots to do!
A cartoon image of one character sat next to a large pile of papers beginning to write a new document. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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JK Rowling cartoon
Cartoon: "You can't claim JK Rowling plagiarised you simply because you both use 'because' and 'too' on page 258!". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Is plagiarism serious?
Cartoon: "Someone told me it's not plagiarism if they're dead". A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Edit, copy, edit, paste
A cartoon image of a student typing at a computer keyboard. Two onlookers comment that she must be working on her research paper. They keep hearing her mutter 'Edit, copy, edit, paste!'. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Writer’s block plagiarism
A cartoon image depicting a doctor and patient. A cure for writer’s block has been found but a side effect is plagiarism. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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My roommate gave me permission
A cartoon image of a student and teacher talking about the student’s paper. The student comments that his work can’t be plagiarised as his roommate gave him permission to use his work without citing him! A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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I didn’t understand that part either!
A cartoon image of a teacher consulting a student about an essay. The student hints that he has plagiarised some of the text. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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Plagiarism and how to avoid it
Produced by Epigeum, a consortium of 16 universities, this lengthier tutorial explains what is meant by plagiarism, using video and audio clips, quizzes and exercises. A Cardiff University login is required to access this resource.
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When to cite exercise
A drag and drop exercise in which knowledge of when to cite work of others is tested.
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Is it plagiarism? quiz
Test knowledge of plagiarism with this quiz.
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Avoiding plagiarism exercise
A brief exercise containing four questions testing your ability to recognise plagiarism.
Activity
Plagiarism vs good academic practice
This tutorial looks at plagiarism and how you can good academic practices to avoid it. The Xerte tutorial was created by Karl Drinkwater, Information Services, Aberystwyth University. This tutorial is written in Welsh.
Tutorial
How to avoid plagiarism: 5 top tips
This video provides advice for students on common errors in citing & referencing and some tips on how to avoid charges of plagiarism. The video can also be found on YouTube. A transcript is provided.
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Plagiarism: why you should avoid it
Cardiff University lecturer, Dr Stephen Rutherford, talks about plagiarism and why you should avoid it.
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